Sunday 10th February 2019
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tickets from £14; Under 30s and £5.50 student discount available (including booking fees)
Concert begins at 5pm
Approximate finishing time 7.50pm
Berlioz - The Damnation of Faust
In French with English Surtitles
There will be an interval during this performance after Part Two
Sir Mark Elder
Faust - David Butt Philip, tenor
Marguerite - Rachel Kelly*, mezzo-soprano
Brander - David Soar, bass
Méphistophélès - Laurent Naouri, bass-baritone
Hallé Children's Choir
London Philharmonic Choir (male voices)
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus (male voices)
Trebles of the Hallé Youth Training Choir
‘Shakespeare and Goethe: the silent confidants of my torments; they hold the key to my life,’ Berlioz wrote in 1828 when he came to Goethe via a French translation. The Damnation of Faust is central to Berlioz’s creative personality, and Sir Mark Elder has assembled an appropriately stellar cast alongside massed choirs from the Hallé. In Berlioz’s graphic version of the legend, Faust, having sold his soul to Méphistophélès in exchange for eternal youth, is led by the nose through temptation, seduction, betrayal, humiliation and a terrifying ride into his inevitable damnation. Berlioz invested all his incredible talent for narrative in what he described as a ‘kind of opera’. It is more than seventy years since this great work was performed by the Hallé, whose founder did so much for the composer in this country. A rare opportunity to experience this spectacular masterwork is long overdue.
‘The Hallé at their dazzling best.’
Seen and Heard International on the 2017 performance of The Damnation of Faust at the Edinburgh International Festival.
* Due to illness, Rinat Shaham has had to withdraw. We are grateful to Rachel Kelly who will replace Rinat as Marguerite.
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
This performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 13 March February 2019.
(Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega; Andrew Staples; Fadil Berisha; Brian Tarr; Bernard Martinez)
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