Virginie Verrez Mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples Tenor
Edwin Crossley-Mercer Bass
Chœur de Radio France
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Daniel Harding Conductor
Performance in French with French and English subtitles
Dramatic symphony on a libretto by Emile Deschamps first performed in Paris in 1839.
The show will be performed in the set of "The Marble Palace enhanced with gold" designed by the famous Ciceri for the Royal Opera.
Berlioz innovated constantly, and a decade after his revolutionary Symphonie Fantastique, the Shakespeare enthusiast created in 1839 a Symphonie dramatique with soloists and choir, on the theme of Romeo and Juliet. It was one of his greatest successes, played all over Europe from Paris to St Petersburg. It began with a cheque for 20,000 francs, a token of admiration received from the great Paganini, who wrote: "Beethoven is dead, only Berlioz can revive him!” Hector was enthusiastic, chose the theme of the eternal lovers, and composed a work that was both lyrical and symphonic, "with an orchestra that represents an opera!” Methodically rehearsing each section of the orchestra and each musical part separately, he obtained an extraordinary result: "The whole orchestra and the choirs rose to their feet with cheers that shook the hall, while the audience applauded wildly!”
The programme notes summarise the action: fights, commotion, a grand celebration in the Capulets' house, Romeo's invocation at the tomb, Juliet's awakening, delirious joy, and then the final anguish and death of the two lovers... All of Shakespeare can be summed up in these few words, and Berlioz added the remarkable "Scherzo of Queen Mab, Fairy of Dreams" to complete a masterpiece of romanticism.
The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir perform this standard of French music directed by the prodigious Daniel Harding: the assurance of an evening of dazzling music!
With the exceptional suupport of the ADOR– les Amis de l’Opéra Royal
This show is presented with the exceptional support of Aline Foriel-Destezet
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PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
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