Berlioz Series 2018

John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique continued their commitment to the music of Berlioz in the run up to his 150th anniversary in 2019.

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor


Fri 31 | Festival Berlioz | La Côte-Saint-André

Sun 2 | Elbphilharmonie | Hamburg
Wed 5 | BBC Proms | London

Wed 10 | Memorial Hall | North Carolina
Fri 12 | Hill Auditorium | Michigan
Sun 14 | Carnegie Hall | New York
Mon 15 | Carnegie Hall | New York
Sat 20 | Concertgebouw | Amsterdam
Sun 21 | Opera Royale | Versailles
Mon 22 | Philharmonie | Paris

Buy the DVD of our performance of this programme at the Opéra royal, Château de Versailles Spectacles

The 2018 Berlioz series saw 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 completed the programme in selected performances, and part of the tour also saw 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 was showcased in a variety of different programmes at prestigious venues in both Europe and the U.S., including concert halls in New York, Amsterdam, Paris and Versailles. A world-class roster of acclaimed soloists joined the orchestra for these much-anticipated performances including the multi award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, French mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot, Berlioz specialist Michael Spyres, English bass Ashley Riches, and celebrated violist Antoine Tamestit. The ORR was also accompanied by the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and English actor and theatre director Simon Callow as the narrator in performances of Lélio.

Financial Times
“Berlioz done brilliantly… both conductor and orchestra were on top form with a thrillingly dynamic programme of the French composer’s work.”

The Times ★★★★★
“What the French viola player Antoine Tamestit and John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique contrived to do in Berlioz’s Byronic symphony Harold in Italy was sensational.”

New York Times
“John Eliot Gardiner led the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in two thrilling Berlioz programs that showed off the breadth of his imagination.”

Click here for more review highlights from the tour.

Concertgebouw - 20/10/18 - click here to listen
Le Corsaire Overture
La mort de Cléopâtre
Selections from Les Troyens: Chasse royale et orage, Je vais mourir … Adieu, fière cité
Symphonie fantastique