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1768 (2018)

In 2018 we look back to the year 1768 with the following three events:

1768 – a retrospective

23 January 2018, 7.30pm – Wigmore Hall, London

Ian Page and The Mozartists return to Wigmore Hall for a diverse and illuminating overview of the musical year 1768. Dramatically charged D minor symphonies by Haydn and Vanhal frame a charming flute concerto by ‘the London Bach’ and a fascinating selection of arias sung by the outstanding young Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath.

Haydn: Applausus

15 March 2018, 7.30pm – Cadogan Hall, London

This one-act cantata was commissioned as an act of homage to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Abbot Rainer Kollman of the Cistercian monastery in Zwettl taking his vows. Haydn composed the work in early 1768 but was unable to travel to Zwettl to supervise its performance; he therefore wrote a letter giving detailed instructions of how his music should be performed, and this document has survived, providing fascinating practical information and insights into eighteenth-century performance practice.

Mozart: La finta semplice

2 June 2018, 7.30pm – Birmingham Town Hall
6 & 8 June 2018, 7.00pm – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Written when the composer was just twelve years old, the opera is based on a sparkling comedy by Carlo Goldoni, and combines situations of great comic invention and genuine humour with music of extrordinary beauty, energy and psychological insight. Ian Page directs a superb international cast of world-class young singers, headed by the rapidly emerging Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, whose solo recording contract with Sony Classical was recently launched with a highly acclaimed disc of Mozart arias.