Berlioz Series 2018

John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique will continue their commitment to the music of Berlioz on the run up to his 150th anniversary next year.

The 2018 Berlioz series will see 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.

This exciting mix of essential Berlioz masterpieces will be showcased in a variety of different programmes at prestigious venues in both Europe and the US, including concert halls in New York, Amsterdam, Paris and Versailles. A world-class roster of acclaimed soloists will join the orchestra for these much-anticipated performances including French mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot (La mort de Cléopâtre, excerpts from Les Troyens), Berlioz specialist Michael Spyres (Lélio) and celebrated violist Antoine Tamestit (Harold en Italie).


Cour du Château Louis XI, Festival Berlioz: La Côte-Saint-André
Wed 29 Aug at 7.30pm

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
Sun 2 Sep at 8.00pm

Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms: London
Wed 5 Sep at 7.30pm

Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill
Wed 10 Oct at 7.30pm

Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Fri 12 Oct at 7.30pm

Carnegie Hall, New York
Sun 14 Oct at 2pm

Carnegie Hall, New York

Mon 15 Oct at 8pm

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Sat 20 Oct at 2.15pm

Château de Versailles
Sun 21 Oct at 5pm

Philharmonie de Paris
Mon 22 Oct at 8.30pm