19 NOVEMBER 2020 - LES TROYENS STREAMED FROM VIENNA STATE OPERA, 5 PM

The Vienna Staatsoper’s performance of Les Troyens from 4 November 2018 is being streamed online this Thursday (19 November) at 5:00pm GMT. For the web page (in English) please click here. It is not clear how long the performance will be available (though should be there for at least one more day), so it would probably be best to sign in as soon as possible to the advertised time. You need to create an account first, which is quite simple and completely free, and allows access to any of the performances available on the site. The production is David McVicar's from Covent Garden, with an outstanding cast, including Antonacci, DiDonato and Brandon Jovanovich as Enée, conducted by Alain Altinoglu.


FUTURE POTENTIAL SOCIETY WEEKEND DATES

As previously announced, the Society’s 2020 weekend "L'Enfance de Berlioz" has had to be postponed due to the uncertainty caused by the response to Coronavirus.


In order to be able to respond as circumstances evolve, the Society has reserved options at the Art Workers Guild venue for the following future weekend dates:

  • 2021 - March 6/7 or November 20/21; 
  • 2022 - November 26/27.

We shall keep you informed as fresh information comes in. Until then, best wishes to you all.


FESTIVAL BERLIOZ 2021 - NEWS

The Festival Berlioz will return in 2021, from 17 to 31 August - entitled "Berlioz ou le Retour à la vie", aptly enough in view of this year's cancellation.

This video, from the Festival's website,shows the locally produced Trojan Horse making its triumphal way through La Côte-Saint-André to the château for last year's concert performance (under the baton of François-Xavier Roth) of "La Prise de Troie".


VENEZUELA'S PAYARE TO PERFORM THE FANTASTIQUE, 11 FEBRUARY 2021

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Symphonie fantastique (along with Richard Strauss's Don Quixote) at a major concert at the Royal Festival Hall on February 11 2021, starting at 7.30pm.

For more details please click here.

BERLIOZ AT THE BARBICAN, LSO, 13 JUNE 2021

The LSO under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth will give a Berlioz, Ravel and Varèse Discovery Day on 13 June 2021, starting at 10am in the Barbican with a rehearsal, followed by an afternoon programme in LSO St. Luke's and an evening concert in the Hall at 7pm, including Lélio ou le Retour à la vie (six musical numbers introduced by monologues, the sequel to Symphonie fantastique).


DIDONATO SINGS TROJANS EXCERPTS AT BARBICAN, 29 JUNE 2021

US mezzo-soprano Joyce Didonato will sing excerpts from "Les Troyens" with the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Barbican on June 29 2021 at 7.30pm. The concert will also feature a performance of Symphonie fantastique.

For more details please click here.



"DISCOVERING BERLIOZ" BY DAVID CAIRNS OUT ON TOCCATA PRESS

"Discovering Berlioz - Essays, Reviews, Talks" - the new, 400-page book on Berlioz by Society President David Cairns is now out and available (price £39.50) on Toccata Press, London.

For further details please click here.


PETER BLOOM'S NEW ANNOTATIONS FOR BERLIOZ MÉMOIRES PUBLISHED

French publisher Vrin has announced the publication of U.S. Professor Emeritus Peter Bloom's fresh annotations to Berlioz's Mémoires, a major 900-page project supported in part by the Berlioz Society. A compendious work by a leading Berliozian scholar, casting fascinating new light on the Memoirs. In French.

MÉMOIRES D'HECTOR BERLIOZ DE 1803 À 1865, ET SES VOYAGES EN ITALIE, EN ALLEMAGNE, EN RUSSIE ET EN ANGLETERRE  ÉCRIT PAR LUI-MÊME

Price 49€ - For more information please click here.

FESTIVAL BERLIOZ, LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ 2019

Please click the button below to read Chris Follett's report on this year's Festival.

CONCERT MONSTRE - PERFORMANCE FILMED

24 June 2019 saw five hundred artists on stage at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing the Funeral and Triumphal Symphony under the direction of François-Xavier Roth.

To watch, please click here.  Thanks to Jim Hart for sending the link.

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 the Mayor of La Côte Saint-André, Joël Gullon.

Photograph below by kind permission of Festival Berlioz.

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 took 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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