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Tue 19 Sep 2017 7.00pm - 9.40pm
Barbican Hall, London

The Damnation of Faust
This Is Rattle

BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust
Interval after part 2

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Karen Cargill Marguerite
Bryan Hymel Faust
Gerald Finley Mephistopheles
Florian Boesch Brander
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

From selling your soul to the devil to finding salvation – Sir Simon Rattle ventures through Berlioz's tempestuous oratorio, The Damnation of Faust.

Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust is a work born of the composer’s obsession with Goethe's legendary tale. Once a righteous scholar, Faust allows himself to be corrupted by the devil, and drags the innocent around him into desperation and death. It’s a fable that defies definition – both a tragedy and dark comedy, with a central character both wise and despicable, and a play and epic poem in one.

Mystified by this tragic story, Berlioz’s work is, too, an astounding hybrid of opera, oratorio and, in the composer’s own words, ‘dramatic legend’. From tender moments of religious piety to incessant military marches and terrifying flourishes of demonic fury, Sir Simon Rattle leads the LSO in a colossal choral work like none other.

Tickets: £55 £40 £30 £30 £15

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£5 under-18s tickets available

On sale online from 10am Friday 3 February 2017

Choral Fanfares
6pm, Barbican Foyers


Part of the 2017/18 season

Also in this series:

Thursday 21 Sep 2017: Stravinsky

Sunday 24 Sep 2017: Stravinsky