Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Into 1770 - Classical Opera and The Mozartists 2019/2020 season

The Mozartists and Ian Page (Photo Benjamin Ealovega)
The Mozartists and Ian Page (Photo Benjamin Ealovega)
Ian Page, Classical Opera and the Mozartists 2019/20 season will take them into the year 1770 as part of their Mozart 250 series. The season opens with soprano Regula Mühlemann, who took the title role in La finta semplice for Classical Opera in 2018, joining The Mozartists at Wigmore Hall on 19 September 2019 for three Mozart concert arias and Susanna’s ‘Deh, vieni’ from Le nozze di Figaro. In November, Ian Page conducts performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with soloists Ana Maria Labin, Emily Edmonds, Rebecca Bottone, Matthew Swenson, Benjamin Appl and Richard Burkhard.

Mozart 250 moves into 1770 with 1770 - A Retrospective at Wigmore Hall on 9 January 2020, with music by JC Bach, Johan Baptist Vanhal (one of Mozart's Czech contemporaries), Gluck, Haydn and Mozart, with soloists soprano Samantha Clarke, this year’s recipient of the Guildhall School’s Gold Medal, and mezzo-soprano Ida Ränzlöv who, following studies at the Royal College of Music (where she was memorable in the title role of Handel's Faramondo, see my review), is now a member of the opera studio at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

There is a three-concert series Mozart's Keys with pianist Ronald Brautigam combining operatic arias with major orchestral works and concentrating on the keys which inspired Mozart most! And Mozart's Czech contemporaries are explored in Mozart's Czech Mates at Wigmore Hall, with music by Vanhal, Leopold Koželuch, Gluck, Josef Mysliveček and Jiří Benda.

The Mozartists' will be travelling to Paris, to perform at La Seine Musicale in a programme of Mozart and Haydn with soprano Chiara Skerath.

Full details from the ensemble's website.

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