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The Damnation of Faust

Composed for vocal soloists, chorus, and large orchestra, Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust is famously uncategorizable; its creator coined the term légende dramatique to describe it. Skipping about through time and space, and populated with soldiers, peasants, angels, gnomes and numerous other earthly and otherworldly figures, the piece poses no small staging challenge to those wishing to bring it to operatic life. Presented in concert form, as it was at its 1846 premiere in Paris, it serves as the grand finale of this summer’s Grant Park Music Festival. Featuring the Grant Park Chorus and soloists including the mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy.