Arne: Artaxerxes

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“The performance is thrilling, with exemplary singing and playing.” Gramophone

Artaxerxes was one of the most important and successful of all English operas. It remained in the London repertoire almost continuously from its premiére in 1762 until the 1830s, and received a documented one hundred and eleven performances before 1790.

The young Mozart almost certainly attended a performance when he came to London in 1765, and Haydn was also acquainted with the work, reportedly saying that he “had no idea we had such an opera in the English language”.

Classical Opera’s recording of Artaxerxes, which followed our performances in The Royal Opera’s sell-out production of the work, marked our first collaboration with Linn Records, named Label of the Year at the 2010 Gramophone Awards. It was selected as a Recording of the Year by Audiophile Audition and by BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, and as Disc of the Month by Opera magazine.

“With this set, Artaxerxes has well and truly come in from the cold to earn a justly honoured place in the pantheon of opera history.” Opera