The Montreal Symphony Orchestra presents

Romeo & Juliet: A Night in Verona

Kent Nagano, conductor
Clémentine Margaine, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Philippe Sly, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, OSM chorus master

Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17

Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette, based on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, is unquestionably one of the composer’s greatest accomplishments. Inspiration for what Berlioz called a “Dramatic Symphony” came from a performance he attended of the play starring Harriet Smithson, who also served as catalyst for the same composer’s Symphonie fantastique. Roméo et Juliette, a symphony with choruses, is music of rare power that draws on a wide range of emotions, formal procedures and poetic impulses. “While voices play a role almost from the start,” explained Berlioz, “their purpose is to prepare the listener for the dramatic scenes in which feelings and emotions are expressed by the orchestra.” Here is your chance to relive the adventures of the Veronese lovers in a different mode.

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This concert is part of the series: Hors série

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