Aspen Festival Orchestra: BERLIOZ: The Damnation of Faust
Place & Time
Benedict Music Tent
Aspen CO USA
August 20, 2017
4:00 PM

BERLIOZ: The Damnation of Faust, op. 24

 Robert Spano, conductor

 Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Bryan Hymel, tenor

John Relyea, bass-baritone

 Duain Wolfe, chorus director

 Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus


Additional Information

The final concert of the season showcases Berlioz’s monumental dramatic legend based on Goethe’s Faust, sung by world-class soloists and the Colorado Symphony Chorus. In his mid-twenties, Berlioz became obsessed with a French version of Faust, which inspired his first official opus, Eight Scenes from Faust. He later rejected the piece as a worthless work of his youth and tried to personally destroy every copy of it. This grander, more mature setting was received with indifference by the Parisian audience and left Berlioz financially ruined, but it’s now recognized as a classic of dazzling orchestration, dramatic pacing, harmonic inventiveness, and remarkable melodies. Because of the enormous forces required, complete performances are a rarity, so don’t miss this spectacular event capping off a season themed "enchantment."

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