About the EventJoin us for a pre-performance talk on La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz. This remarkable opera - or “legend”, as Berlioz named it - is an adaptation of Goethe’s work by the composer, based on Gérard de Nerval’s translation. Berlioz’s libretto differs significantly in its structure from Goethe’s text, and was inspired by the composer’s travels through Germany, Austria, and Hungary.
Despite the disappointing attendance at the first performances, Berlioz regarded La Damnation as “one of the best works [he] had ever produced”, and time certainly proved him right. It has been part of the BSO’s repertoire since 1934.
Come hear from Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly from Harvard University, expert on Berlioz, and Esther Nelson, General and Artistic Director of the Boston Lyric Opera (BLO). The discussion will be moderated by Benjamin Capellari, musicologist and composer, a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris.
For more information about the concerts, please visit the BSO website.
About the Panelists
Professor Kelly was born in Greensboro, NC in 1943. He attended Groton School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A. B. 1964). Two years in France on a Fulbright grant allowed him to study organ at the Schola Cantorum in Paris (diplôme de virtuosité 1966) and the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM 1964). His graduate study was at Harvard (A. M. 1970, PhD 1973).
His most recent book is Capturing Music (Norton, 2015); he is the author of First Nights: Five Performance Premieres (Yale, translated into Korean and Chinese), and Early Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, translated into German and Hungarian). His book The Beneventan Chant (Cambridge) was awarded the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for the most distinguished work of musicological scholarship of 1989.
He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy in Rome. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. He is an honorary citizen of the city of Benevento (Italy).
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