Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)
Mathew Baynton actor
Nicholas Collon conductor
A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the scaffold and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantasique. Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. We perform this imaginative work from memory, in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, as well as Berlioz’s own words about his music.
Orchestral Theatre staging concept by Aurora Orchestra.
We are grateful for the support of the New Berlioz Edition Trust for this project.