Verdi, Italian opera composer supreme, features twice on the line-up, with excerpts from both Otello and Falstaff bookending the concert. Two interpretations of Romeo and Juliet, from Berlioz and Prokofiev, are played in succession. Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Hamlet promises to be a high romantic gem, while Mendelssohn’s delightful Midsummer Night’s Dream should add some whimsical colour to proceedings. The line-up is completed by a century-spanning run of British composers, from Walton and Vaughan Williams to Britten and Ades.
Alongside the Glyndebourne Chorus, vocals are to be delivered by five truly spectacular voices. There will be the baritone Simon Keenlyside and sublime coloratura soprano Allison Bell, tenor Ronald Samm and lyric soprano Kate Royal. And perhaps most excitingly of all, countertenor Iestyn Davies (Flow My Tears) makes yet another appearance in a packed 2015/16 season. Whether you’re a fan of the great playwright or the romantic repertoire, this looks to be a vibrant climax to an essential celebration.
|What||Shakespeare at 400: Gala Concert, Royal Festival Hall|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 23 Apr 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Southbank Centre|