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The Dream of Gerontius

Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir


Thu, 25 May 2017


Main Building – Grand Auditorium
Av. de Berna, 45A, Lisbon
(+351) 217 823 700
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  • Zone 1: €30,00
  • Zone 2: €23,00
  • Zone 3: €15,00
  • Balcony: €19,00
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On the date of his marriage, in 1889, Edward Elgar was presented with a copy of the poem The Dream of Gerontius, by John Henry Newman. Since then, and for several years, the composer entertained the idea ofsetting the poem to music, as it describes the journey of the soul of a man from his deathbed to his judgement by God and send-off to Purgatory. The realisation of this desire in music occurred during the 1900 Birmingham Festival, and it has become one of the most performed and fundamental parts of the British composer’s work.


Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir
Paul McCreesh
Anna Stéphany Mezzo-Soprano
Jeremy Ovenden Tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams Baritone

Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius, op. 38


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