Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Roméo et Juliette

Hector Berlioz

Shakespeare proved to be one of the enduring influences on Berlioz throughout his life. The composer described his first encounter with one of Shakespeare’s works as a ‘thunderbolt’ that changed his life – and musical imagination – forever.

Berlioz delivers a ground-breaking take on Shakespeare’s bittersweet tragedy, combining the playwright’s influence with all the musical drama of Beethoven’s symphonies.

Production duration: 1 hr 36 min
London Symphony Orchestra

Cast & creative team


  • Conductor
    Valery Gergiev
  • Mezzo-soprano
    Olga Borodina
  • Tenor
    Kenneth Tarver
  • Bass-baritone
    Evgeny Nikitin
  • Orchestra
    London Symphony Orchestra
  • Chorus
    London Symphony Chorus
  • Chorus
    Guildhall Singers


  • Hector Berlioz
  • Valery Gergiev
  • Simon Halsey
    Chorus Director