Berlioz Fest 2017 La Damnation de Faust

This year, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique will be performing Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust at Festival Berlioz, following a storming performance at the BBC Proms. This is part of its five year celebration of the composer's work in honour of the 150th anniversary of his death, which will be in 2019. 


Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to Festival Berlioz with The Damnation of Faust, continuing his multi-season Berlioz series. It is a work of extremely broad scope; part opera, part cantata and designed for four solo voices, full seven-part chorus, large children's chorus and orchestra. It is an epic retelling of the Faust story that captures the extremes of man’s ambition and folly in music, by turns exquisite and grotesque, described by Berlioz as a ‘dramatic legend’.

American tenor Michael Spyres returns to work with Sir John Eliot Gardiner alongside Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg.

See here for more information about our Berlioz Cycle.