BBC Symphony Orchestra
11 Jan 2020, Barbican, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season European premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state

BBC Symphony Orchestra
European premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state
20:00 Sat 11 Jan 2020 Barbican Hall

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      • prisoner of the state(European premiere; Barbican co-commission)



Concert Information

215 years after the first performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio, David Lang’s fresh view of the opera’s story – and reflection on its enduring power – has its European premiere. Lang’s ability to glimpse the emotional heart and soul of a story within his focused, distilled and highly absorbing music has won him a Pulitzer Prize.

In this opera designed for performance with an orchestra on stage, both instrumentalists and audience bear witness to the story of a woman striving to rescue her partner from unjust imprisonment. A landmark premiere to launch the Barbican's festivities celebrating 250 years since Beethoven’s birth.