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Fantastique! The Life and Loves of Hector Berlioz

13 July, 2021 - 14 July, 2021

The Parlour presents

Fantastique! The Life and Loves of Hector Berlioz

Written by Karen Van Spall and Lucy Esdaile

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 July 2021

Karen Van Spall (mezzo-soprano)
Adam Miller (baritone)
Coady Green (piano)
Melanie Hillman (actor)



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13 – 14 July 2021

duration: 70 minutes
times: 7.30pm AEST
livestream: Wednesday 14 July 7.30pm AEST
ticket price: $25 – $40
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Hector Berlioz was a giant figure on the 19th century’s musical landscape. Probably best known for his opium induced, epic ‘program’ symphony, the Symphonie Fantastique. Conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein said of the work: ‘Berlioz tells it like it is – you take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral’.

Berlioz’s songs are no less evocative, provoking, haunting and yet charming. Fantastique! The Life and Loves of Hector Berlioz uses journal entries, letters and articles from Berlioz’s life and from the perspective of his second wife, the opera singer Marie Recio, combined with a selection of his songs, and transcriptions of his orchestral works by Franz LIszt and Sigsimund Thalberg.

With mezzo-soprano Karen van Spall, baritone Adam Miller, pianist Coady Green, and actor Melanie Hillman.

CLICK HERE for program notes and translations


Be part of the limited live audience at the venue: $40
Full price: $40 Music Students/Seniors: $25
Livestream at home: $25 (Wednesday 14 July 7.30pm AEST)



If you are unable to tune into the performance on the night, please email us at [email protected] to let us know. We will be able to give you access to the recording of the broadcast a few days after the live event.

If you are new to Zoom, please download the Zoom application on the device you will be using to join the event and familiarise yourself with the platform ahead of time. We will be unable to provide support on the day of the event.

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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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Karen van Spall, Adam Miller, Coady Green, Melanie Hillman
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