Sophie Bevan sings Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven

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Our 2015/16 season opens in the opulent setting of Windsor Castle, as the thrilling young British soprano Sophie Bevan joins Ian Page and the vibrant period-instrument Orchestra of Classical Opera for a concert of works by the three towering masters of the Classical period.

Bevan sings three of the greatest concert arias ever written - Mozart's remarkable "Bella mia fiamma", composed in Prague just a few days after the premiere of Don Giovanni, Haydn's magnificent Scena di Berenice, composed in London in 1795, and Beethoven's dramatic "Ah! perfido", written the following year in Vienna. Each of these dramatic soliloquies is a mini-opera in its own right, full of emotional intensity, psychological insight and superb music.

These arias are framed by three orchestral works in C major: Mozart's exuberant overture to La clemenza di Tito, Haydn's rarely performed overture to Windsor Castle, and Beethoven's exhilarating and prophetic First Symphony.