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Berlioz Series 2018

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Fri 31, 9.00pm

Cour du Château Louis XI, Festival Berlioz - La Côte-Saint-André, France

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

Lucile Richardot - mezzo-soprano
Antoine Tamestit - viola

Le Corsaire Overture
La mort de Cléopâtre (Lucile Richardot)
Selections from Les Troyens: ‘Chasse Royale et Orage’ and ‘Je vais mourir ... Adieu, fière cite’ (Lucile Richardot)
Harold en Italie (Antoine Tamestit)

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.