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Philharmonia Orchestra Season Opening: Berlioz’s Romeo And Juliet

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Southbank Centre, South Bank

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Philharmonia Orchestra Season Opening: Berlioz’s Romeo And Juliet

If it’s good enough for Wagner, it’s good enough for us

The Philharmonia Orchestra is currently in residence at the Southbank Centre, and it’s kicking off the new season with a bang. An 80-strong choir, three soloists, and the orchestra fill out the stage tonight, as they perform Berlioz’s choral symphony Romeo and Juliet. This is a beast of musical drama, with gathering waves of crescendo that collapse at the right moment. When it was first performed in 1839, it deeply affected a certain Mr Wagner, and is often cited as influencing his own magnum opus, Tristan und Isolde. A dramatic piece not to be missed. Seating allocated on arrival.

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