Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 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. With the Symphonie Fantastique completing the programme.
Held at the Royal Opera of Versailles with a unique decor designed in 1837, which Berlioz himself would have known during his concert in Versailles in 1848. Dating from the reign of Louis-Philippe, it has been restored and installed especially for this performance before being put away again. A world-class roster of acclaimed soloists join the orchestra including French mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot.