Bastien und Bastienne
18 September 2018, 7.30pm - Wigmore Hall, London
The first concert of our 2018-19 season culminates with a performance of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, marking the release of our new recording of the work and the 250th anniversary of its composition. This performance, based on research developed since the relatively recent rediscovery of Mozart’s autograph manuscript, will recreate the original 1768 version of this charming pastoral comedy for the first time since its première.
The opera will be preceded by a selection of arias from an anonymous collection of Viennese Comedy Arias from the 1750s, which demonstrate the musical language and style that Mozart deliberately replicated in Bastien und Bastienne, and the programme begins with one of Haydn’s greatest Sturm und Drang symphonies, ‘La Passione’, also composed in 1768.
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Symphony No. 49 in F minor HI:49 ‘La Passione’
Arias from Teutsche Comoedie Arien
Bastien und Bastienne, K.50 (UK première of original 1768 version)
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, soprano Ellie Laugharne was a Jerwood Young Artist for the Glyndebourne Festival, and more recently an Associate Artist for Opera North. She is currently a Classical Opera Associate Artist and a Samling Artist. For Classical Opera she has sung the role of Emirena in the company's 2015 production of Adriano in Siria, and appeared as Zerlina in its 2016 concert performance of Don Giovanni. Other operatic appearances have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Frasquita (Carmen) and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) for Scottish Opera, The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and Tina (Flight) for Opera Holland Park, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) for English National Opera, and Despina (Così fan tutte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera North.
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Alessandro Fisher is a graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge. He won First Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He is a Classical Opera Associate Artist, and roles with the company have included Christian (The First Commandment), Don Polidoro (La finta semplice) and Bastien on a new recording of Bastien und Bastienne (due for release in autumn 2018). Other opera roles have included Alindo/Delmiro (Hipermestra) at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival, First Armed Man/Priest (Die Zauberflöte) and Bellecourt (Vert-Vert) for Garsington Opera, Banquo in Luke Styles’ Macbeth for Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Project, the title role in Rameau’s Dardanus for English Touring Opera, Count Bandiera in Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera, and Theodore in Edward Loder’s Raymond and Agnes for Retrospect Opera (recording). In 2019 he will make his début at the Salzburg Festival singing Lucano/First Soldier (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Concert highlights have included recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day, ‘The Last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna’ at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Roussel’s Evocations with the BBC Philharmonic (also on Chandos CD).
Darren Jeffery first sang with Classical Opera in 2004 at the Barbican, and has since collaborated with the company on several projects. His most recent engagements with the company have included Handel's Messiah at Middle Temple Hall in 2015, a concert performance of La clemenza di Tito at Cadogan Hall in 2014, and Mozart's Requiem at the Barbican, also in 2014. He also sings the role of Osmin on the company’s recording of Mozart’s Zaide (2016) and Colas on its recording of Bastien und Bastienne, to be released in autumn 2018.
His operatic roles have included Leporello (Don Giovanni), Donner (The Rheingold), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Mr. Flint (Billy Budd) and Hobson (Peter Grimes) all with English National Opera, Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) with Chicago Lyric Opera, and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for New Israeli Opera. Darren has received two Grammy awards for his contribution to recordings of Falstaff and Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra. Additional recordings include the London Symphony Orchestra's Fidelio, Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart's Requiem, and Garsington Opera's Maometto Secondo, on which he sings the title role.
Ian Page is the founder, conductor and Artistic Director of Classical Opera and The Mozartists. He began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and studied at the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music. Before founding in Classical Opera in 1997, he worked on the music staff at Scottish Opera, Opera Factory, Drottningholm and Glyndebourne.
With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s early operas, including the world premières of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate, re di Ponto and a new completion of Zaide, as well as Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito. He has also conducted the UK premières of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, Telemann’s Orpheus, Jommelli’s Il Vologeso and Haydn’s Applausus, and the first new staging for 250 years of Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria. In 2009 he made his Royal Opera House début conducting Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and his studio recording of the work was released in 2011 on Linn Records.
He has devised and conducted numerous recordings for Classical Opera, including ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’ and ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ (both selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critic’s Choice), ‘Where’er You Walk’ with tenor Allan Clayton and ‘Perfido!’ with soprano Sophie Bevan (both shortlisted for the International Opera Awards in 2016 and 2017 respectively), and ‘Mozart in London’, which was recorded live during Classical Opera’s festival of the same name at Barbican’s Milton Court in 2015. In 2012 he embarked on a new complete cycle of Mozart opera recordings, aiming to record all of Mozart’s stage works over the course of twenty years . He is the creator and driving force behind MOZART 250, a ground-breaking 27-year journey through Mozart’s life, works and influences, and in 2017 he founded The Mozartists to facilitate the company’s ever-expanding concert work.
He is widely recognised for his work in developing talented young singers, and is in demand as a vocal coach. He serves on the coaching staff for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House and for the Royal College of Music, and provides bespoke training to young singers through Classical Opera’s Associate Artist Scheme.
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Comprising some of the leading players from both the UK and further afield, The Mozartists have won widespread acclaim from public and critics alike. They play on period instruments, and perform symphonies and concertos as well as operas.