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Classical Opera begins ‘Mozart 250’ Journey
1765 – A Retrospective

Anna Devin

On January 22 at Wigmore Hall, Classical Opera and conductor Ian Page will begin their remarkable Mozart 250 project with a concert exploring the musical scene across Europe during the year 1765.  The programme comprises works composed in London, Paris, The Hague, Eisenstadt, Vienna and Naples.

Soloists Anna Devin (soprano), Sarah Fox (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) join Ian Page and the Orchestra of Classical Opera to perform works that were written of premiered in 1765, including Mozart’s early concert arias ‘Va, dal furor portata’ K.21 and ‘Conservati fedele’ K.23. Works by Gluck, J.C. Bach, Sacchini and Philidor (who was regarded as the greatest chess player of his age) are also performed, alongside Mozart’s Symphony No 1 in E flat K.16, and Haydn’s Symphony No 39 in G minor.

Each year Classical Opera will devote a large part of its season to exploring the music that was being written and performed by Mozart and his contemporaries exactly 250 years before. Mozart 250 will incorporate performances of all Mozart’s major works, including all the operas, oratorios and concert arias, most of the symphonies and concertos and many of the chamber and instrumental compositions. All of these works will be presented during the 250th anniversary of their composition or première, and the project will also incorporate key compositions by influential contemporaries such as Haydn, Gluck and Johann Christian Bach.

Irish soprano Anna Devin is fast becoming established as one of today’s brightest young sopranos. A Classical Opera Associate Artist, she has appeared with the company at London’s Wigmore Hall in ‘Tales from Ovid’ and last year’s New Year’s Eve Concert, and recorded the roles of Arbate (Mitridate) and Tamiri (Il re pastore).

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox sang in Classical Opera’s first two productions – as Hyacinthus in Apollo et Hyacinthus and Rosina in La finta semplice – and her subsequent roles have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) for Welsh National Opera and Asteria (Tamerlano), opposite Placido Domingo, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin and the Liceu, Barcelona. She sings Barmherzigkeit in Classical Opera’s recording of Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots.

John Mark Ainsley’s renowned appearances and discography embrace the baroque and classical repertoire, German Lied and English song and the American musical. He last performed with Classical Opera in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in October.

Mozart 250 takes place between February 20-22, when Classical Opera present ‘Mozart in London’; a unique weekend project marking Mozart’s first visit to London at the age of eight. The weekend will include a series of concerts and events at Milton Court, and talks at the British Library.

Booking Information: Tickets: £18, £25, £30, £35 + booking fee. Contact the Wigmore Hall Box Office: 020 7935 2141.

 

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Music of the Jewish Diaspora 2014-15 continues

Central Synagogue, Hallam Street

The 2014-5 series ‘Music of the Jewish Diaspora’ presented jointly by Inverne Price Music Consultancy and Central Synagogue, Hallam Street, one of London’s oldest synagogues, founded in 1857, explores works of Jewish significance in often surprising contexts.

The first autumn concert on 10 September was presented by the pianist Inon Barnatan, including a premiere of a new work composed for him by Avner Dorman. The next concert was given by Raphael Wallfisch with John Yorke performiong music by Ernest Bloch, including a seldom played early sonata on December (a review of this concert appears in this issue).

Premieres of music by Harriet Cohen will form a fascinating highlight of pianist Mark Bebbington’s recital alongside music by Bliss and Gershwin on February 4, and Lara Downes’s ‘Exiles Café’ features works by émigrés Weill, Korngold and Martinu, alongside Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Gershwin on March 25.

For details: email bookings@centralsynagogue.org.uk, or telephone 0207 580 1355.

 

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