- Symphony No. 85 (La Reine)
- Arias from The Marriage of Figaro – Dove sono i bei momenti; Porgi, amor, qualche, ristoro; Voi che sapete
- Aria from The Magic Flute – Ach, ich fühl’s
- Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
- Lucy Crowe
- Christopher Warren-Green
Napoleon was a regular opera-goer and an admirer of Italian vocal music in particular. He was impressed by Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and famously described The Marriage of Figaro as ‘the Revolution in action’.
Beethoven was vehemently opposed to repression of any kind. He initially dedicated his Third Symphony to Napoleon, whom he saw as a great hero and an upholder of democracy. But when he heard that Napoleon had declared himself Emperor, he angrily scratched out the dedication. The concert opens with La Reine, one of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies and a favourite of the ill-fated Marie Antoinette.
6.30pm: Pre-concert event
All ticket holders are invited to join a free Q&A in the auditorium with LCO Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and LCO Education and Outreach Artistic Director Rosemary Warren-Green, ahead of the world premiere of I Am You, Brave and Strong that LCO performs at its next concert at Cadogan Hall on 6 May. (Please note there is no reserved seating for this pre-concert event.)