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London Symphony Orchestra: Half Six Fix

Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan conducts.

Grab a drink and savour the perfect balance of sweet and bitter in Stravinsky’s time-warp drama for three voices.

Enjoy a quirky, romantic, commedia-del-arte fantasy in this early-evening performance.

In 1919, Russian impresario Diaghilev commissioned Stravinsky to put his own spin on 200-year-old music for a new ballet. ‘When he said that the composer was Pergolesi, I thought he must be deranged.’

But Stravinsky was surprised by what he found in the earlier composer’s music: ‘I looked, and I fell in love.’ From an unlikely beginning, Stravinsky whipped up a delicious ballet featuring three solo singers, and added a dash of 20th-century irony. For the first performance, Picasso did the sets.

Known for her ground-breaking interpretations, LSO Associate Artist Barbara Hannigan conducts a trio of charismatic performers. Fleur Barron, Charles Sy and Antoin Herrera-López Kessel bring this drama of thwarted love to life.

Change of soloist
Due to scheduling issues, bass-baritone Sam Carl will be replaced by Douglas Williams for the performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella on 20 and 21 September 2023. The programme remains unchanged.

This performance will end at approximately 7.30pm, with no interval.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra