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Classical Opera Begins 'Mozart 250' Journey 1765 - A Retrospective

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Classical Opera Begins 'Mozart 250' Journey 1765 - A Retrospective

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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 or premiered in 1765, including Mozart's early concert arias 'Va, dal furor portata' K.21 and 'Conservad 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 fiat 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. …

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