FESTIVAL BERLIOZ, LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ 2018

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NEW BOOK ON BERLIOZ BY FESTIVAL DIRECTOR BRUNO MESSINA

French publishing house Actes Sud has released Festival Berlioz Director Bruno Messina's new 208-page book "Berlioz", price 18€, available from November 2018 via the Actes Sud website.This volume is only available in French.

LES TROYENS WINS GRAMOPHONE'S 2018 RECORDING OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mark Pullinger,Friday 14th September 2018.

John Nelson leads a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stéphane Degout and Michael Spyres in 2018 Recording of the Year.

‘A peach of a recording’ is how I signed off my original review of this account of Berlioz’s Les Troyens last December – ‘a thrilling new benchmark for this epic opera’. I completely stand by that assessment today – this set from Erato is an absolute stunner. I attended the second of two concert performances in Strasbourg last year from which the recording was taken (along with a patching session). Not only was it my outstanding concert of 2017, the resulting set was easily my disc of the year too.

HALLÉ ANNOUNCE BERLIOZ SESQUICENTENNIAL PROGRAMME

As part of its tribute to the life and works of the composer 150 years after his demise, Sir Mark Elder will be conducting the Hallé Orchestra in a performance of "The Damnation of Faust" on  Sunday 10 February 2019 (for details click here) and three performances of Symphonie fantastique, on Thursday 16 and Sunday 19 May 2019, with a matinee performance on Wednesday 22 May.

In addition, Sir Mark will conduct the orchestra in two of Berlioz’s more rarely performed works, Overture: "Benvenuto Cellini" on Thursday 24 January 2019, and Overture: "Les Francs Juges" on Thursday 4 April 2019 - all concerts at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

HOLY TRILOGY AT CHRISTMAS AT THE BARBICAN, 17 DECEMBER 2018

On December 17 at 7.30pm at the Barbican, Edward Gardner will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in L’Enfance du Christ, with Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Étienne Dupuis (baritone) and Matthew Rose (bass).

For further details please click here.

LAMOUREUX ORCHESTRA MARKS BERLIOZ SESQUICENTENARY, 17 JANUARY 2019

Paris's Lamoureux Orchestra is to perform "HECTOR 100% Berlioz", a concert in honour of the 150th year of the composer's death on January 17th 2019 at 8pm at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, in the French capital.

The orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Lévy, will play the Symphonie fantastique and the Nuits d’été song cycle with mezzo-soprano singer Albane Carrère.
For further information and ticket details (in French only) please click here

TRISTIA AT THE BARBICAN, 25 JANUARY 2019

On January 25 2019 at 7.30pm at the Barbican, Le Concert Spirituel conducted by Hervé Niquet will perform Tristia along with Requiems by Cherubini and Plantade.

For further details please click here.

PARIS OPERA'S BERLIOZ CYCLE CONCLUDES WITH NEW PRODUCTION OF "LES TROYENS", EARLY 2019

The Opera Bastille is to conclude its current Berlioz Cycle in January and February 2019 with a new production of "Les Troyens" under the baton of Philippe Jordan.

There will be seven performances in all.

 6pm on 25, 28, 31 January 2019,

2pm on 3 February 2019 and 6pm on 6, 9 12 February 2019.

Cast:

La Prise de Troie
Cassandre: Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Ascagne: Michèle Losier
Hécube: Véronique Gens
Énée: Bryan Hymel
Chorèbe: Stéphane Degout

Les Troyens à Carthage
Didon: Elīna Garanča
Anna: Aude Extrémo
Ascagne: Michèle Losier
Énée: Bryan Hymel
Iopas: Cyrille Dubois
Hylas: Bror Magnus Tødenes
Narbal: Christian Van Horn

For further details please click here.

BLOMSTEDT TO PERFORM SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE AT RFH ON APRIL 11, 2019

Veteran Swedish maestro Herbert Blomstedt will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Beethoven's Symphony No.6 (Pastoral) at the
Royal Festival Hall on April 11 at 7.30pm. For information and tickets please click here.

NELSON TO RECORD LA DAMNATION DE FAUST IN STRASBOURG, APRIL 25 & 26, 2019

In the wake of his acclaimed recording for Erato/Warner Classics of "Les Troyens" in 2017, John Nelson is to conduct and record two performances of Berlioz's  La Damnation de Faust op. 24 in Strasbourg in April 2019, with members of the same team.  

April 25 & 26, 2019 8pm, Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Salle Érasme, Strasbourg

Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, John NELSON conducting.

Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano

Michael SPYRES tenor

Alexandre Duhamel baritone

Nicolas Courjal bass

Chœur Gulbelkian

For more information, including bookings, please click here.  Please note the website is in French, with an optional German translation available.

BERLIOZ 150 - SIR SIMON RATTLE TO CONDUCT SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, 5 MAY 2019

Simon Rattle will conduct the LSO in the Symphonie fantastique at a Barbican Hall concert on May 5 2019 to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz in 1869.

For further details please click here.

DAMNATION DE FAUST AT GLYNDEBOURNE, MAY - JULY 2019

Robin Ticciati will conduct Berlioz's dramatic legend "La Damnation de Faust" in a stage version from 18 May to 10 July 2019 at Glyndebourne.

Cast: Allan Clayton (Faust), Julie Boulianne (Marguerite), Christopher Purves (Mephistopheles), production Richard Jones. Performances at 7.30pm. For more information please click here

BERLIOZ 150 - "HAROLD IN ITALY" AT THE BARBICAN, 16 JUNE 2019

Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the LSO, withFrench viola soloist Antoine Tamestit, in a sesquicentennial concert performance of Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" Symphony at the Barbican Hall on June 16 2019 at 7pm. 

For details of tickets etc., please click here.

ADRIAN BROWN TO CONDUCT BERLIOZ 150 CONCERTS IN LONDON

Our regular speaker, international conductor and Society Medal holder Adrian Brown will be celebrating Berlioz's work in 2019 with two concerts. Ticket details are not yet available but venue information is available by clicking on the underlined text.

Berlioz- Les Nuits d'été song cycle/ Sinfonia Elgar/ conductor Adrian Brown, vocal soloist Janice Watson. On June 30 2019 at 7.30pm at St. John's, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Road, Lambeth.

Berlioz - Te Deum with Royal Orchestral Society, Adrian Brown conductor. On November 16 2019 at 7.30pm at St. John's, Smith Square, London SW1

BERLIOZ AT THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL, GLOUCESTER, JULY - AUGUST 2019

To mark the 150th anniversary of Berlioz's death, the Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester is to perform three of the master's works:

July 27 2019 (evening concert): La Damnation de Faust with Sarah Connolly, Peter Hoare, Christopher Purves and David Ireland;

July 30 2019 (evening concert): Le Carnaval Romain Overture with works by Elgar and Joubert, perfprmed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; and

August 1 2019 (evening concert): Les Nuits d'été Song Cycle, sung by Anna Stéphany (mezzo) with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

"BENVENUTO CELLINI" ON DVD

Naxos have released a DVD of the Terry Gilliam production of "Benvenuto Cellini", premiered at ENO in 2014 (in English) under the baton of Edward Gardner.

The production was mounted at Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Amsterdam on 15 and 18 May 2015, with the original French libretto, and these are the performances recorded on the DVD.

PERSONNEL - Benvenuto Cellini - John Osborn; Giacomo Balducci - Maurizio Muraro; Fieramosca - Laurent Naouri; Le Pape Clément VII - Orlin Anastassov; Francesco - Nicky Spence; Bernardino - Scott Conner; Pompeo - André Morsch; Le Cabaretier - Marcel Beekman; Teresa - Mariangela Sicilia; Ascanio - Michèle Losier.

Dutch National Opera Chorus, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Elder, conductor.

For further details please click here.

"EXPERIENCING BERLIOZ" PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2018

Melinda O'Neal, choral-orchestral conductor and Professor of music at Dartmouth College NH,  published her new book "Experiencing Berlioz - A Listener's Companion" in February 2018.

The link below goes into more detail, along with warm recommendations from fellow Berliozians, and includes a 30% discount offer. 

NEW CAMBRIDGE BERLIOZ ENCYCLOPEDIA NOW PUBLISHED

The Cambridge University Press's new 420-page Cambridge Berlioz Encyclopedia - edited by Julian Rushton - was published on December 7.

For further information please click on the blue box below.

Members are advised that there is a special 20 percent discount
available to them on this encyclopedia - please use the discount code
‘Berlioz’ on the webpage below:

http://admin.cambridge.org/Ber...

ALASTAIR ABERDARE AND DAVID CAIRNS AWARDED MEDALS OF HONOUR BY LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ

At a ceremony in the Town Hall in early September during the Festival Berlioz 2017, Berlioz Society President David Cairns and Chairman Alastair Aberdare were presented with medals of honour by La
Côte Saint-André Mayor Joël Gullon.

Photograph below by kind permission of Festival Berlioz.

GLYNDEBOURNE "BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT" NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD

The 2016 Glyndebourne production of Berlioz's late opera "Béatrice et Bénédict" - based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" - has been issued in DVD/Blu Ray format - the only official DVD of the work to date ! 

Available from Presto at £20 (£24 for Blu Ray).

Cast: Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Béatrice) ;
Paul Appleby (Bénédict);
Philippe Sly;
Sophie Karthäuser;
The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Antonello Manacorda Stage director Laurent Pelly - Opus Arte: OA1239D DVD) / OABD7219D (Blu Ray)


BERLIOZ SESQUICENTENARY 2019

2019 marks the sesquicentenary - or 150th anniversary - of the death of Berlioz in 1869 and plans are already afoot in France and Britain to celebrate this event. The Berlioz Society's Chairman Alastair Aberdare is heading initiatives in Britain to stage major concerts of the composer's works, while in France, an International Conference is to take place in August 2019 at La Côte Saint-André, Berlioz's birthplace, in cooperarion with the Festival Berlioz and the Musée Hector Berlioz.

Please click the button below for more details (in French and English).

BERLIOZ LETTERS PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD

The long-awaited ninth volume of the Correspondance générale - entitled "New Letters by Berlioz, his family and contemporaries" - has appeared - with some 300 hitherto unpublished letters - as a continuation of the initial eight volumes published by Flammarion under the editorial supervision of the late Pierre Citron. This latest volume is published by Actes Sud and the Palazzetto Bru Zane, with support from the Association nationale Hector Berlioz, the Musée Hector Berlioz, the Festival Berlioz, Smith College USA and the Fondation d'entreprise La Poste.

This collection is available in French only.

Nouvelles lettres de Berlioz, de sa famille, de ses contemporains
Peter Bloom, Joël-Marie Fauquet, Hugh J. Macdonald, Cécile Reynaud (Editors)

Published by Actes Sud / Palazzetto Bru Zane, 792 pages, price 30 € (available from Musée Hector Berlioz - price includes postage and packing).

 

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