Classical music

OAE: Méhul: The First Romantic

Part of Classical Season

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment celebrate the work of the great French composer Étienne Méhul. The French Romantics are often eclipsed by their bigger name Germanic cousins but Méhul opened the door to the romantic period in a distinctly French way.

Hear his experimentations with drama and high emotions through extracts from his operas, including the game changing orchestration of Uthal and the passionate Ariodant, along with music by Gluck, Beethoven, Mozart and Salieri.

About St John's Smith Square


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jonathan Cohen conductor
Michael Spyres tenor
John Irvin tenor


Méhul: Overture, Les Amazones; Du mal affreux from Mélidore et Phrosine
Gluck: Dance of the furies from Orfeo ed Euridice
Méhul: Quoi! Je la cherche en vain from Uthal; Symphony No.5 (unfinished)
Beethoven: Introduction & Gott! welch Dunkel hier! (Florestan's aria) from Fidelio, Act 2
Mozart: Overture, Les Petits riens
Méhul: Traçons bien notre plan from Une folie
Rodolphe Kreutzer: Overture, Astianax
Méhul: Qu'ai-je fait malheureux from Euphrosine, ou Le tyran corrigé
Antonio Salieri: Overture, Les Danaïdes
Méhul: O Dieux écoutez ma prière from Ariodant

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Partner venues
St John's Smith Square,

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

need to know

Pre-concert talk, St John’s Smith Square at 5.45pm – 6.15pm

Who was Méhul and what is it like to perform his music? Find out with conductor Jonathan Cohen and historical expert Robert Samuels from the OAE’s Academic Partners, the Open University.