Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA took part in a special concert dubbed "Classical Conspiracy" this past Saturday (June 14) at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Hungary. The band performed a 45-minute set of metal adaptations of classical songs and movie soundtracks, accompanied by the orchestra and choir as well as symphonic versions of its own songs (including a few orchestral songs from singles and "The Score", which have never been played live before).
According to EPICA, fans attending the concert heard extracts from the following songs:
"Peer Gynt Suites" (E. Grieg)
"Romeo and Juliet" (S. Prokofiev)
"The four seasons" (A. Vivaldi)
"Star Wars" (J. Williams)
"Spiderman" (D. Elfman)
"Pirates of the Caribbean" (K. Badelt)
"Stabat Mater" (G.B. Pergolesi)
"Carmina Burana" (C. Orff)
"9th symphony" (A. Dvorak)
"Opera Serse" (G.F. Handel)
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below (clips uploaded by YouTube user "fijk319").
EPICA celebrated the five-year anniversary of the release of its debut album, "The Phantom Agony", by performing the CD in its entirety on May 16 at Tivoli in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After the regular set, EPICA returned for a four-song encore: "Veniality", "Sancta Terra", "Fools of Damnation" and "Consign to Oblivion".
EPICA utilized the services of singer-songwriter and vocal coach Amanda Somerville as the stand-in vocalist for the band's North American tour with SYMPHONY X after the group's regular singer, Simone Simons, was infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA),also known as the hospital bacteria.