Big Voices

Big Voices

Part of the 2019/20 season at Royal Festival Hall

The LPO's 2019/20 season features some of the most inspiring, powerful and moving choral music ever written, from Verdi's Requiem to Wagner's Siegfried. We are joined by world-class soloists, both sharing the stage with the London Philharmonic Choir, and performing in their own right in vocal and operatic works.

Verdi's Requiem | 12 October 2019

Drums thunder, trumpets blast and a massed chorus cries out in terror. Verdi brings his dramatic power to bear on a story of tragedy, redemption, and the end of time. The result is one of the mightiest of all choral masterpieces in the repertoire.

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Mahler's Symphony No. 2 | 19 October 2019

Join us as Vladimir Jurowski, Sofia Fomina, Sarah Connolly and the combined forces of the London Philharmonic Choir and Philharmonia Chorus commit body and soul to some of the most visionary music that Mahler ever composed.

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Elgar's The Apostles | 26 October 2019

As close as Elgar ever came to writing an opera, The Apostles delivers the story of early Christianity as a trilogy of stunning choral works, rich with heartfelt emotion. Who better to aid in the telling of this piece than Mark Elder?

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Walton's Belshazzar's Feast | 9 November 2019

Definitely not your average oratorio: big, brassy and shamelessly pagan - Belshazzar’s Feast pulls no punches. Hear what caused the scandal, along with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, masterfully conducted by Marin Alsop.

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Damrau sings Strauss | 13 November 2019

Few living singers understand Strauss like Diana Damrau, whose performances of Richard Strauss’s orchestral Lieder are applauded for her interpretation. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony follows for expressive sound-worlds of despair and ecstatic joy.

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Shankar's Sukanya | 15 January 2020

The late, great Ravi Shankar’s only opera won universal critical acclaim for premiere performances in 2017. Now the semi-staged production returns for a mythical dive into a rich tapestry of myth.

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Fauré's Requiem | 18 January 2020

Passionate melodies and musical adoration have captivated audiences since the late 1800s, but the emotional impact Fauré’s Requiem has is no less potent today as 200 years ago. Poulenc follows with two 20th-Century masterpieces whose flippant image masked a profound religious faith.

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Wagner's Siegfried | 1 February 2020

Part three of the Orchestra’s journey through Wagner’s colossal Ring Cycle reaches into the sunniest part of the saga. Growing up deep in the forest, the orphan Siegfried has never known fear - but that’s all about to change ...

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Ravel's Shéhérazade | 22 February 2020

Join conductor Dima Slobodeniouk and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in the year 1903, as they board Maurice Ravel’s ship of dreams, Shéhérazade, and drift away to a place ‘where fantasy sleeps like an empress’. Escapism has never sounded more seductive.

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Dutilleux's Le temps l'horloge | 28 March 2020

Edward Gardner conducts this latest illuminating pairing in our 2020 Vision project – and, looking back to 2008, accompanies soprano Sally Matthews in the late Henri Dutilleux’s beautiful meditation on transience and love.

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Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II | 4 April 2020

Truly Beethoven at his most radical and visionary, Jurowski conducts a selection of lesser-known choral and orchestral works, including his Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II - a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment.

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Wigglesworth's Augenlieder | 8 April 2020

Accompanied by performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Méhul’s Symphony No. 1, Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder (‘Eye Songs’) ‘glitters with skill’. Join soprano Sophie Bevan in a spellbinding rendition of this 2009 composition.

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Janáček's Glagolitic Mass | 25 April 2020

A celebration for the whole of creation, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass harnesses the elemental power of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir to its full capacity alongside works by Sibelius and Lutosławski.

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