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The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Thursday June 29, 2023 at 19:30
Barbican Hall, London
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  1. Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  2. Les Troyens - Hector Berlioz
    • Chers Tyriens
    • Royal hunt and storm

Joyce DiDonato, Angel Blue and Russell Thomas: if this dream team of singers wasn’t enough, add in Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the fabled Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and you’ve got an unmissable end to our season.

Celebrating the genius of Shakespeare in musical form, the Met Orchestra open with Tchaikovsky’s swoon-inducing depiction of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Matthew Aucoin fuses classical and jazz harmonies to describe one of the playwright’s most devastating tragedies in Lear Sketches. Shakespeare’s influence is everywhere: Berlioz’s Les Troyens borrows themes from The Merchant of Venice. And Verdi describes the heart-breaking story of Otello, with its anger and jealousy, and of course exquisite music, all the better to pierce the heart.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin brings his lightning-rod energy to direct the Met Orchestra in their first UK appearance in over 20 years, and the operatic power combination of Joyce DiDonato, Angel Blue and Russell Thomas will prove that all the world is a stage. If you’re not there, wherefore art thou?

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