PRESS RELEASE: “Perfido!” Classical Opera launches a new brand, The Mozartists, with a new recording of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven Concert Arias featuring soprano Sophie Bevan
UK release May 2017
“I simply can’t stop listening to this glorious collection of Classical scenas and concert arias from the young British soprano.” PRESTO CLASSICAL
Conductor Ian Page’s acclaimed period ensemble Classical Opera launches The Mozartists, a new brand under which it will present its ever-expanding concert repertoire, with a thrilling CD of concert arias sung by the young British soprano Sophie Bevan. ‘Perfido!’ comprises works by the three greatest composers of the Classical era, beginning with Haydn’s magnificent Scena di Berenice and culminating with the three great arias composed for the celebrated Czech soprano Josefa Dušek – Mozart’s “Ah, lo previdi” and “Bella mia fiamma” and Beethoven’s “Ah! perfido”. Other featured arias include Mozart’s “Oh, temerario Arbace”, composed when he was just ten years old, and Beethoven’s “No, non turbati”, created as part of the composer’s studies in Vienna with Antonio Salieri.
Sophie Bevan is one of the leading Mozart singers of her generation, and in recent years she has performed the roles of Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has worked with Ian Page and Classical Opera every year since 2005, and her previous recordings with the company include ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ Wigmore Hall Live) and roles in several of their ongoing complete cycle of Mozart operas – Hyacinthus (Apollo et Hyacinthus), Der Weltgeist (Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto) and most recently the title role in Zaide.
“Perfido!” was devised by Ian Page, who says: “I have never understood why these works are not more widely known and more frequently programmed. Each one is a mini-opera in its own right, full of dramatic intensity, dynamism and exquisitely sculpted melodies that represent the composers at the height of their powers. They feel tailor-made for Sophie’s voice and artistry, and we had a very enjoyable and rewarding time making this disc.”
“Perfido!” follows the critically acclaimed “Where’er You Walk”, a programme of arias for Handel’s favourite tenor John Beard performed by Allan Clayton, which was recently shortlisted in the ‘Recording (Solo Recital)’ category of the 2017 International Opera Awards. The release complements Classical Opera’s ongoing recording series of the complete operas of Mozart on Signum Classics. The Mozartists’ launch concert, a programme of Mozart and Gluck, will take place at London’s Wigmore Hall on 18 September 2017.
“There is compelling synergy between dramatically aware orchestral playing and Bevan’s marvellous singing in
Zaide.” GRAMOPHONE [on Classical Opera’s recording of Zaide]
A behind-the-scenes look at the recording of Perfido!
Notes to editors:
Sophie Bevan studied at the Royal College of Music in London and won the Critics’ Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent in 2010, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the Young Singer award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in 2013. She became an Associate Artist with Classical Opera in 2007, and her appearances under the direction of Ian Page
have included Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Gluck and J. C. Bach programmes at Wigmore Hall, Publio in the UK premiere of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, and Silvia in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba.
Conductor Ian Page began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and completed his studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He is the founder and artistic director of Classical Opera and The Mozartists, and has been described by Opera magazine as “that rare beast, an instinctive Mozartian” and “one of the most stylishly authoritative interpreters of the composer working today”.
Classical Opera, founded under the direction of Ian Page in 1997, is one of the world’s leading exponents of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries. It is renowned for its vibrant, fresh and stylish performances, for its ability to discover and nurture outstanding young artists, and for its imaginative and illuminating programming.
Following the launch of Ian Page’s ground-breaking MOZART 250 , which follows the chronological trajectory of Mozart’s life and music across a twenty-seven year span, and a broadening of repertoire to incorporate symphonies and concertos, oratorios and concert arias as well as operas, the company launched The Mozartists in 2017 to reflect and facilitate this expanding strand of work on the concert platform.
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