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.


Strauss and Mahler | 13 November 2019

‘The symphony must be like the world’, Gustav Mahler is supposed to have said – but across fin-de-siècle Europe composers found exquisite, teeming worlds of emotion even in the smallest forms, and each of Richard Strauss’s orchestral lieder is like an operatic scene in miniature.

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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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