Fri 12, 7.30pm
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, USA
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor
Michael Spyres - tenor
Ashley Riches - bass baritone
National Youth Choir of Scotland
From August this year John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique will continue their commitment to the music of Berlioz, with a more varied exploration than ever: from the Byron-inspired frolic in the Abruzzi mountains in Harold en Italie, to the swashbuckling Corsaire overture, and dazzling evocations of two ancient exotic queens: Dido (in an excerpt from Les Troyens) and Cleopatra in the eponymous cantata. The Symphonie Fantastique completes the programme in selected performances, and part of the tour will also see performances of Lélio, a rarely-performed dramatic work for narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra, which – like the Symphonie Fantastique – documents Berlioz’s unhappy love affairs.