The Damnation of Faust


This Is Rattle NB Change of Artists

Tue 19 Sep 2017 7.00pm - 9.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust
Interval after part 2

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Karen Cargill Marguerite
Bryan Hymel Faust
Christopher Purves Mephistopheles
Gábor Bretz Brander
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
Tiffin Boys’ Choir
Tiffin Children’s Chorus
Tiffin Girls’ Choir
James Day Tiffin choirs director
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £55 £40 £30 £30 £15

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Part of the 2017/18 season

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.

Soloist Changes

Gábor Bretz
In a change to listings published when the 2017/18 season first went on sale, bass soloist Gábor Bretz will now sing the role of Brander in this performance, replacing Florian Boesch.
Posted Mon 5 Jun 2017 5pm

Gerald Finley
Gerald Finley is unwell and has been forced to withdraw from the performances of The Damnation of Faust on 17 and 19 September 2017. The LSO is delighted that Christopher Purves has agreed to step in to sing the role of Mephistopheles at very short notice.
Posted Wed 13 Sep 4pm

LSO Friends event

As part of our This Is Rattle new season celebrations, we are offering Friends of the Orchestra the opportunity to join a post-concert drinks reception with members of the Orchestra on Tuesday 19 September. 

Tickets to attend the reception are £10, including two drinks per person, and we are delighted to offer a Ticket + Membership package at £60 for those who are not yet members of our Friends scheme. This package includes attendance at this very special event, as well a year of Friends membership, offering a special insight into the Orchestra’s work through regular events, updates about our work, and opportunities to meet LSO musicians. For more information, please visit

Pre-concert events

Choral Fanfares
6pm, Barbican Foyers

Also in this series:

Thursday 21 Sep 2017: Stravinsky

Sunday 24 Sep 2017: Stravinsky