During the Mozart family’s visit to London in 1764/65, the eight-
Complementing the Mozart in London weekend there is a British Library Lecture Series, as well as a collaboration with the Museum of London offering learning opportunities for young people from two primary schools. Following the Mozart in London weekend, MOZART 250’s opening season continues with the first staging in modern times of J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria. Thomas Guthrie directs, and Ian Page conducts a thrilling young cast headed by sopranos Ellie Laugharne and Erica Eloff, mezzo-
Ian Page, Founder and Artistic Director of Classical Opera said: “It is hugely exciting to be planning the first major retrospective of Mozart’s childhood visit to London. What we hope will emerge is a celebration not only of Mozart’s youthful influences and achievements but also of the musical life of the city at a particularly rich point in its history. Much of the music – by English, Italian and German composers living and working in London at the time – will be receiving its first public performance since the 18th century, and it is surprisingly accomplished and beautiful. The premise of MOZART 250 offers us a wonderful opportunity to contextualise and enrich our appreciation of such a significant and formative period in Mozart’s life, and to paint a vivid and dynamic portrait of Georgian London in the 1760s.”
Saturday 21 February 2015
The Museum of London presents ‘Exploring Mozart’s London’ at 11am and 12pm on Saturday 21st February; two specially devised tours of the Museum of London’s ‘Expanding City’ collection, in which members of the public can find out more about the London that Mozart would have experienced, and its influence on his life and early works.
At 1.30pm at Milton Court, BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor chairs a discussion on Mozart in London, with Cliff Eisen, Ian Page and David Vickers, offering fascinating insights into Mozart’s time in the capital in 1764/65. This is followed at 3pm by a concert of highlights from the English operas that were performed at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane during Mozart’s time in London. The concert will feature overtures, arias, duets and trios from works by Thomas Arne, George Rush, Michael Arne, Jonathan Battishill and William Bates.
Historian Daniel Snowman will give a talk, A Night at the Opera in Mozart’s London, at 6.15pm in Milton Court, followed by a concert exploring the Italian opera in Mozart’s London. Looking at the Italian Opera Company’s 1764/65 season at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, Classical Opera will explore the roles that three of the most celebrated singers of the day, soprano Teresa Scotti and the castrati Ferdinando Tenducci and Giovanni Manzuoli, performed during Mozart’s visit. Three of the five operas from which music survives were pasticcio operas – operas which used music by a number of different composers – and arias and duets from these (Ezio, Berenice, and Solimano) are performed, alongside music from J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria and Matteo Vento’s Demofoonte.
Sunday 22 February 2015
At 11.30am at Milton Court, distinguished Mozart scholar, fortepianist and harpsichordist John Irving explores Mozart’s ‘Chelsea Notebook’, the set of 43 compositional sketches that Mozart wrote during his stay in Chelsea in 1764. This is followed at 1.45pm by a talk on Georgian London by Lucy Inglis, author of Georgian London: Into the Streets, a fascinating look at this formative era in the city’s history.
At 3pm, the final concert of the weekend looks at London concert life in 1765. Music by the nine-
British Library Lecture Series
Complementing Classical Opera’s Mozart in London weekend is a fascinating series of illustrated talks by Cliff Eisen at the British Library, presenting three different facets of Mozart’s stay in London in dialogue with other experts. On 6 February he is joined by Ian Page and harpsichordist Steven Devine to explore the music of Mozart’s London in a talk entitled Made in Chelsea; on 13 February, Cliff Eisen and Lucy Inglis present All that Life Can Afford, an exploration of London in 1765; and on 2 March the London Pleasure Gardens are the subject of a lecture-
Mozart at the Museum
Classical Opera is collaborating with the Museum of London to offer learning opportunities around Mozart in London. In October 2104, Year 4 and 5 (aged 8-
Adriano in Siria
MOZART 250 continues with three performances of J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria at the Royal College of Music’s Britten Theatre on 14, 16 & 18 April. Directed by Thomas Guthrie and designed by Rhys Jarman, Classical Opera’s new production will be the first staging of the opera in modern times, and the cast includes Rowan Hellier as Adriano, Stuart Jackson as Osroa, Ellie Laugharne as Emirena and Erica Eloff as Farnaspe. The première of Adriano in Siria took place at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket on 26 January 1765, the eve of Mozart’s ninth birthday, and attracted such a large audience that scarcely a third of those assembled were able to get seats. The young Mozart would have heard at least one performance of the work during his childhood stay in London, and subsequently wrote of Bach: “I love him with all my heart, and have the highest regard for him.”
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