Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Romeo and Juliet

Hector Berlioz
Barbican

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