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 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.
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).
Founded in 1989 by John Eliot Gardiner, the ORR aims to bring the stylistic fidelity and intensity of expression of the renowned English Baroque Soloists to the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Orchestra has been internationally recognised for its interpretations of all the major early Romantic composers, starting with Hector Berlioz. They performed and recorded his Symphonie Fantastique in the hall of the old Paris Conservatoire, where the very first performance took place in 1830.