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Classical Opera

London Concerts 2013 – 2014


2013

Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots Tuesday 24 September 2013, 7.30pm Wigmore Hall *Please note this performance will last for c.85 minutes with no interval To mark the release of its new recording of the work, Classical Opera performs Mozart’s remarkable sacred singspiel, composed in Salzburg when he was just eleven years old. The work’s title translates as ‘The obligation of the first commandement’, and the preface of the libretto asserts that the purpose of the drama was “not only to delight the mind but also to elevate the soul”. Despite such high-handed claims, though, the work is more allegorical than overtly religious, and the music is astonishingly accomplished, its beauty, flair and descriptive virtuosity already anticipating the operatic masterpieces of Mozart’s maturity.

Ailish Tynan (Weltgeist) Sarah Fox (Barmherzigkeit) Mary Bevan (Gerechtigkeit) Andrew Kennedy (Christgeist) Allan Clayton (Christ) The Orchestra of Classical Opera Ian Page (conductor) Tickets £18 £25 £30 £35

A lapsed Christian lies fast asleep in a shrubbery. The Spirit of Christianity earnestly embarks on the task of winning round this lost soul, but he faces stiff competition from the more alluring Spirit of Worldliness...

“Mozart always knew how to give his audiences what they wanted, while also providing more than they bargained for.” Evening Standard

“You can count on Page to come up with startlingly good singers.” The Times

Box office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk tel: 020 7935 2141 See back page for full booking information Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP Director John Gilhooly Registered Charity No. 1024838

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Ailish Tynan

Mary Bevan

Allan Clayton


2013

New Year’s Eve Concert Tuesday 31 December 2013, 7.00pm* Wigmore Hall *Please note start time

New Year’s Eve Concert

This year Classical Opera has been invited to present Wigmore Hall’s prestigious New Year’s Eve Concert, and we welcome an outstanding cast for a festive programme of Mozart rarities. The repertoire includes remarkable gems from Mozart’s childhood, some of his most exquisite sacred music and plenty of fun and surprises, culminating in an audacious attempt to perform The Marriage of Figaro in five minutes. Programme includes: Mozart

Symphony No.1 in E flat, K.16 Grabmusik, K.42

Anna Devin (soprano) Sarah Fox (soprano) Martene Grimson (soprano) Anthony Gregory (tenor) Mark Stone (baritone) Matthew Rose (bass) The Orchestra of Classical Opera Ian Page (conductor)

“Diggi, daggi, schurry, murry” from Bastien und Bastienne, K.50 “Se viver non degg’io” (original version) from Mitridate, re di Ponto, K.87 “Pietà, se irato sei” from La Betulia liberata, K.118 “Nach der welschen Art und Weise” from Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe, K.118 “Laudamus te” from Mass in C minor, K.427 “Ora pro nobis” from Regina coeli, K.108 “Liebes Mandel, wo ist’s Bandel?”, K.441 “Io ti lascio, oh cara, addio”, K.621a “Laudate Dominum” from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K.339 Mozart/Page

Tickets £18 £25 £30 £35

The 5-Minute Figaro

Box office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk tel: 020 7935 2141 See back page for full booking information Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP

Anna Devin

Martene Grimson

Mark Stone

Director John Gilhooly Registered Charity No. 1024838

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2014

“Se vuol ballare” Thursday 30 January 2014, 7.30pm Wigmore Hall

Matthew Rose, one of the most exciting singers of his generation, returns to Classical Opera for a delightful programme of Mozart and Haydn. A diverse array of operatic characters includes a wily old fisherman and a drunken aristocrat who is petrified of women, and the concert concludes with Figaro’s famous “Se vuol ballare”. The programme also includes a charming early Mozart symphony and one of Haydn’s greatest middle-period symphonies – the remarkable minuet and trio of this work is an exact musical palindrome, in which the music is played first forwards and then backwards. Matthew Rose (bass)

Programme:

The Orchestra of Classical Opera

Haydn Symphony No.47 in G major

Ian Page (conductor) Tickets £18 £25 £30 £35 Tickets available from 1 November Box office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk tel: 020 7935 2141 See back page for full booking information Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP Director John Gilhooly Registered Charity No. 1024838

This concert is generously sponsored by

“Son vecchio, son furbo” from Le pescatrici

“Non v’è rimedio” from L’infedeltà delusa

“Già la morte in manto nero” from La vera costanza

“Salva, salva... aiuto, aiuto” from La fedeltà premiata

Mozart

Symphony No.15 in G major, K.124 (1772)

“Ella vuole ed io torrei” from La finta semplice, K.51

“Ubriaco non son io” from La finta semplice, K.51

“Wer hungrig beider Tafel sitzt” from Zaide, K.344

“Ihr Mächtigen seht ungerührt” from Zaide, K.344

“Se vuol ballare, signor Contino” from Le nozze di Figaro, K.492

“I can’t name another singer who is more expressive and who invests the words with greater weight and meaning than Rose.” Fanfare

“This young artist is already great, and will be greater.” The Spectator

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2014

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito Thursday, 13 March 2014, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

La clemenza di Tito

Classical Opera presents its first performance of Mozart’s magnificent late opera, allegedly written within eighteen days during the composer’s final months. For a long time dismissed as the black sheep among Mozart’s mature operas, La clemenza di Tito is only now becoming recognised as a masterpiece, and with its combination of nobility and passion, virtuosity and economy of gesture, it can be seen to represent the apotheosis of the 18th century ‘opera seria’. Mozart himself called the work an ‘opera vera’ – a ‘true’ opera – and his skill in, and commitment to, creating dynamic and psychologically insightful musical drama radiates throughout the score.

Andrew Kennedy (Tito) Sarah-Jane Brandon (Vitellia) Helen Sherman (Sesto) Emilie Renard (Annio) Darren Jeffery (Publio) The Choir and Orchestra of Classical Opera Ian Page (conductor) Tickets £15 £22 £28 £35 Tickets available from 1 September

Classical Opera’s exciting young cast is headed by South African soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon as Vitellia and Australian mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman as Sesto, and company regular Andrew Kennedy returns to sing the title role. c.80 AD. Rome is waiting expectantly for news of whom the Emperor Tito will choose as his bride. When she learns that she has been overlooked, Vitellia becomes hell-bent on revenge, but can she persuade Tito’s life-long friend Sesto to side with her against the emperor?

“Tempos, balance and phrasing all convey the impression we are in the company of that rare beast, an instinctive Mozartian”. Opera

Box office: www.cadoganhall.com tel: 020 7730 4500 See back page for full booking information Cadogan Hall 5 Sloane Terrace London SW1X 9DQ

Sarah-Jane Brandon

Helen Sherman

Andrew Kennedy

General Manager Adam McGinlay

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2014

“Lungi da te” Thursday 8 May 2014, 7.30pm Wigmore Hall

We return to Wigmore Hall for a captivatingly eclectic Mozart programme in which soprano Sarah Fox sings arias from Mitridate, re di ponto, Il re pastore and Idomeneo, as well as one of Mozart’s most exquisite concert arias. Roger Montgomery – principal horn of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – performs the second horn concerto, and then gives the world première of his own completion of Mozart’s unfinished sketch for an E major concerto movement. The two come together for the final version of Sifare’s great aria from Mitridate, with its famous obbligato horn solo. Programme: Sarah Fox (soprano) Roger Montgomery (horn) The Orchestra of Classical Opera Ian Page (conductor) Tickets £18 £25 £30 £35

Mozart

Symphony in D major, K.81 “Lungi da te, mio bene” (original version) from Mitridate, re di Ponto Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat major, K.417 “Aer tranquillo e dì sereni” from Il re pastore “Padre, germani, addio” from Idomeneo Allegro in E major for horn and orchestra, K.494a * Concert Aria, “Voi avete un cor fedele”, K.217 “Lungi da te, mio bene” (final version) from Mitridate, re di Ponto

*world première of new completion by Roger Montgomery

Tickets available from 4 February Box office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk tel: 020 7935 2141

Classical Opera’s next Young Artist project will take place in June 2014. Details will be available in due course at www.classicalopera.co.uk

See back page for full booking information Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP Director John Gilhooly Registered Charity No. 1024838

Sarah Fox

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Roger Montgomery

Ian Page


Classical Opera’s recent recordings TO BE RELEASED ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots Signum Classics The second release in Classical Opera’s complete Mozart Opera Cycle.

“An extraordinarily far-reaching and bold initiative... This is a fine achievement” Opera

“An auspicious and thrilling start to what will surely prove to be an historic recording project.” SA-CD.net

Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus Linn Records Available from www.amazon.co.uk and all good record shops

“Even by the standards of Mozart’s astonishingly precocious childhood, this is an extraordinary achievement.” The Observer

“Page has assembled a young, well-nigh perfect cast of singers who bring off the project with great aplomb.” Classical Music

Arne: Artaxerxes Linn Records Available from www.amazon.co.uk and all good record shops

“The performance is thrilling, with exemplary singing and playing.” Gramophone

“Bravo to all concerned, and especially to Ian Page for bringing together a splendid young team and inspiring his fine orchestra to such alert, incisive playing.” Opera

Blessed Spirit – A Gluck retrospective Wigmore Hall Live Available from 020 7935 2141 and www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/live

“A remarkable evening of arias sung with passion, urgency and drama... This is a terrific, unmissable disc.” Gramophone

“Conductor, instrumentalists and singers alike make the sound the servant of the sense, with stylish, eloquent and dramatic music-making of the highest order” International Record Review

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“With inspired singing and the company’s band at the top of their game, the evening proved – as advertised – endlessly pleasurable.” The Guardian

“ ...that rare, marevellous thing: an evening of beautiful, unusual music, played with obvious, unashamed intelligence.” Opera

“You would have thought it was almost impossible to shed new light on Mozart. Then again, if the Classical Opera Company can’t bring fresh insights to their core repertory, who can?” The Times

Wigmore Hall booking information In person 7 days a week: 10am – 8.30pm. Days without an evening concert: 10am – 5pm. No advanced booking in the half hour prior to a concert. Telephone 020 7935 2141. 7 days a week: 10am – 7pm. Days without an evening concert: 10am – 5pm. There is a £2.00 administration fee for all telephone bookings which includes the return of your tickets by post if time permits. Online www.wigmore-hall.org.uk. 7 days a week; 24 hours a day. There is a £1.00 administration fee for online bookings, which includes the return of your tickets by post if time permits. For full details please contact House Management, tel: 020 7258 8210 or email housemanagers@wigmore-hall.org.uk

Cadogan Hall booking information In person Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm (to 8pm on performance days) Sunday: 3pm – 8pm (performance days only) Telephone 020 7730 4500. Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm (to 8pm on performance days), Sunday: 3pm – 8pm (performance days only). All telephone bookings are subject to a fee of £2.50 per transaction. Online www.cadoganhall.com. 7 days a week; 24 hours a day. All online bookings are subject to a £2.50 transaction fee.

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