Eloquent dances, grand balls, and even more lavish dramas fill the screen scene to scene in Netflix’s newest drama, Bridgerton. Based on the novels of bestselling author Julia Quinn, the series looks at the world of high society in 19th century England. Think Gossip Girl set in the age of Pride & Prejudice.
The series has been praised for its elegant costumes, settings, and male leads. The music has also been applauded by fans. Series composer Kris Bower including some of today’s pop songs alongside some of the 19th century’s greatest composers. Vitamin String Quartet performed tunes such as Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” and Maroon 5’s “Girl Like You.” Known for covering many other popular songs, the quartet provided a pleasant surprise to the displayed grandeur of Regency-style living.
After all, weren’t Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others the pop icons of their day?
Bridgerton has also garnered fascination with the portrayal of Queen Charlotte. The show presents a fictionalized version of the queen, a Black woman whose marriage to King George III opens the doors for an inclusive racial society. Though there’s debate on Charlotte’s actual heritage, the world of powdered wigs and rigid etiquette was not so homogenous. Born in the Caribbean, Joseph Boulogne overcame the adverse systems of social hierarchy, racism, and slavery to become a leading figure in the oh-so-chic circles of late-1700s France. Knighted as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Boulogne became one of the classical world’s earliest Black composers. Among his works is his renowned opera L’Amant Anonyme (The Anonymous Lover), a masterpiece lauded by dukes and queens of his time.
Enjoy a program of Saint-Georges, Mozart, and Brahms with your RPO! Streaming February 6th through March 23rd. Click here for more information.