Luca Pisaroni makes his role debut as Méphistophélès from Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust in concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. It is said that Berlioz never intended for it to be staged, referring to his work as a ‘légende dramatique’ (a category he made up). The work is described as part cantata, part opera, and takes its inspiration from a play that was itself billed as ‘deliberately unstageable’, requiring four soloists, more than 170 chorus members, and a 98-piece orchestra.

With performances on March 8 and 10, Mr. Pisaroni will share the stage with an all-star cast of soloists including Charles Castronova as Faust, Clémentine Margaine as Marguerite, and Alexander Elliott as Brander. Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

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