Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Academy of Ancient Music 2014/15

Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music - © Patrick Harrison
Richard Egarr & the Academy of Ancient Music
© Patrick Harrison
The Academy of Ancient Music's 2014/15 London season starts on 4 October at the Barbican when, directed by Richard Egarr, they give a performance of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Lynne Dawson and Sarah Connolly as Poppea and Nerone, Iestyn Davies as Ottone and Marina de Liso as Ottavia, directed from the keyboard by Richard Egarr with staging by Alexander Oliver. The season continues at Milton Court when Richard Egarr directs the orchestra in works by Handel, Boyce and Arne from the 1740's and 1750's (18/10). Their musical grand tour moves to Vienna in the 1760's for Gluck's ballet Don Juan conducted by Bernard Labadie (25/11, Milton Court). The grand tour is completed with Richard Tognetti drirecting a programme of music from Venice (14/5/2015)

Slotted into this is a pair of baroque masterpieces. The group's annual performance of Handel's Messiah is at the Barbican (10/12) with Richard Egarr directing and soloists Ailish Tynan, Tim Mead, Robert Murray and Jonathan Lemalu. And James Gilchrist is the Evangelist and Matthew Rose is Jesus in Bach's St Matthew Passion with soloists Elizabeth Watts, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Kennedy and Christopher Purves (3/4/2015).

Mozart is the focus for a pair of concerts in the new year. The orchestra's found Christopher Hogwood conducts Mozart, with pianist Robert Levin (4/2/2015), and Levin returns to direct an all Mozart programme (including a Mozart arrangement of J.C.Bach) (7/6/2015)

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