The Mozartists was launched in 2017 as an extension of Ian Pageâ€™s internationally renowned period ensemble Classical Opera. While Classical Opera continues to perform and record complete operas,
The Mozartists will present the companyâ€™s other concert work, enabling it to broaden its exploration of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries. â€œPerfido!â€ is The Mozartistsâ€™ first recording.
Classical Opera and Ian Page are among the worldâ€™s leading exponents of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries, and they are particularly renowned for their vibrant, fresh and stylish performances, for their ability to discover and nurture outstanding young artists, and for their imaginative and illuminating programming. They have performed most of Mozartâ€™s stage works, as well as operas by J. C. Bach, Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Telemann and Jommelli, and in 2012 they embarked on a major new recording cycle of the complete Mozart operas. The companyâ€™s discography also includes â€˜The A-Z of Mozart Operaâ€™ (Sony Classics, 2007, re-launched on Signum Classics in 2014), â€˜Blessed Spirit â€“ a Gluck retrospectiveâ€™ (Wigmore Hall Live, 2010), Thomas Arneâ€™s Artaxerxes (Linn Records, 2011), and â€˜Whereâ€™er You Walkâ€™, a programme of arias composed for the celebrated English tenor John Beard, featuring tenor Allan Clayton (Signum Classics, 2016). The company has presented staged operas at Sadlerâ€™s Wells, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Buxton Opera House and the Schwetzingen Rokokotheater, and regular concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. In 2016 they were invited to present the opening three concerts of the prestigious Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt.
In 2015 Classical Opera launched MOZART 250, a ground-breaking 27-year project following the chronological trajectory of Mozartâ€™s life, works and influences, and this major initiative, aligned to an ever increasing expansion and commitment to concert work, has led to the creation of The Mozartists.