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Performer: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

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Prom 59: Berlioz with a bronze glow

Duncan Meadows as the statue of Perseus © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's death, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the opera charting the escapades of the Italian goldsmith and sculptor. 
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A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
This concert was inevitably the sum of far more than its parts, and not for nothing are the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantiquem, regarded as among the best in the world

Byron's Harold the unlikely star in Gardiner's Berlioz Prom

Antoine Tamestit and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Antoine Tamestit takes a peripatetic approach to Byron's brooding hero, while Joyce DiDonato dies – twice – as Cleopatra and Dido. 
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Prom 31: An intoxicating La Damnation de Faust

Michael Spyres and Laurent Naouri © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
An unapologetic treat at the Proms and a composition of immediate appeal.
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Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with the ORR

Prom 20 proved an exhilarating journey, featuring Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette as one of the key works of this year’s BBC Proms' Shakespeare 400 celebrations.
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