Christoph Altstaedt

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven The Revolutionary: The Creatures of Prometheus

Saturday 25 June 2022, 19:30

Past Event
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Past Event


Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven Ah, perfido! (scene and aria for soprano and orchestra)
Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus (with narration written by Gerard McBurney)


Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Olivia Boen soprano
Sara Kestelman actor
John Suchet presenter
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven lived through a time of extraordinary political upheaval – war and revolution had torn up the old aristocratic ruling system of Europe and the new United States of America. Beethoven fervently believed in democracy and the rights of the ordinary man. It is hard not to see those revolutionary ideas in his opera Fidelio, which tells the story of a man who has been imprisoned for his political ideas but is saved by the sheer determination of his wife, Leonore. Tonight Christoph Altstaedt conducts one of the four overtures that Beethoven composed for the opera, a powerful work that easily stands alone on the concert platform.

There is also surely no mistake in Beethoven’s choice to compose music for a ballet of the story of Prometheus – the god who defied Apollo to give humans the gift of fire. Christoph Altstaedt conducts the Orchestra in a performance that features narration written by Gerard McBurney and performed by Sara Kestelman.

With a short introduction by John Suchet.

We are sorry to announce that Sir Andrew Davis has had to withdraw from this performance due to illness. We are grateful to Christoph Altstaedt for stepping in to conduct at such short notice.

Duration: approx. 2 hours 15 mins (incl. interval)

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John Suchet introduces The Creatures of Prometheus

Beethoven: The Revolutionary
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