Sunday 1 February 2015

Academy of Ancient Music - 2015/16 Season

The Academy of Ancient Music
The Academy of Ancient Music
The Academy of Ancient Music has announced its 2015/16. This sees the conclusion of the orchestra's cycle of Monteverdi operas, with Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, as well as performances of Handel's Acis and Galatea and Bach's Christmas Oratorio. For two concerts the focus switches to players from the orchestra as leader Pavlo Beznosiuk and second violin Bojan Cicic each direct a programme, whilst soprano Lucy Crowe is featured in a concert devoted to the Bach family.

Richard Egarr directs Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria with Ian Bostridge, Christine Rice, Elizabeth Watts and Andrew Tortise, in a semi-staged performance directed by Alexander Oliver and Timothy Nelson (29 September 2015, Barbican Hall).

Pavlo Beznosiuk directs a programme of 18th century music by Kraus, Franz Benda, Haydn and Mozrt (19 and 22 October 2015, Cambridge and London). Bojan Cicic directs a programme inspired by spiritual beings and the afterlife (18 and 19 November 2015, Cambridge and London) including music by Vejvanovsky (greatest trumpeter of his age in the late 17th century), Locatelli, Biber, Leclair, and three of Vivaldi's sacred concertos.

Richard Egarr direct's Bach's Christmas Oratorio with soloists Elizabeth Watts, Barbar Kozelj, James Gilchrist and Ashley Riches (22 Deember 2015). Egarr also directs Handel's Acis and Galatea performed in the original, more intimate Canons version with Andrew Tortise, Ashley Riches and Rowan Pierce (20 and 21 May 2016, Cambridge and London).

Lucy Crowe joins Reinhard Goebel and the orchestra for a programme of music by CPE, WF, JCF and JS Bach (18 June 2016).

The orchestra will be giving another performance of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea in Venice in November 2015, and will be touring this and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria to the Enescu Festival in September 2015.

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