The Mozartists/Ian Page
“Every ribbon of eloquence that Mozart threaded into the music is unfurled by Bevan with the utmost delicacy.”
JOSEPH NEWSOME, VOIX DES ARTS
‘Perfido!’ was recorded in February 2016 at St Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, and is the first recording by The Mozartists. Ian Page and his orchestra are joined by leading British soprano Sophie Bevan to perform a sumptuous programme of concert arias by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
Sophie Bevan became a Classical Opera Associate Artist in 2007. The recipient of the Young Singer award at the inaugural 2013 International Opera Awards, Sophie Bevan is now at the forefront of the new generation of young British singers.
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- HAYDN: Recitativo, “Berenice, che fai?”*2:14
- HAYDN: Recitativo, “Berenice, che fai?”2:14
- HAYDN: Aria, “Non partir, bell’idol mio”2:22
- HAYDN: Recitativo, “Me infelice! Che fingo?”0:28
- HAYDN: Aria, “Perché, se tanti siete”5:15
- MOZART: Recitativo, “Oh, temerario Arbace!”1:15
- MOZART: Aria, “Per quel paterno amplesso”4:45
- BEETHOVEN: Recitativo, “No, non turbati, o Nice”1:57
- BEETHOVEN: Aria, “Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?”3:08
- MOZART: Recitativo, “Basta, vincesti, eccoti il foglio”0:52
- MOZART: Aria, “Ah, non lasciarmi, no”5:07
- HAYDN: “Solo e pensoso”6:41
- MOZART: Recitativo, “Ah, lo previdi!”1:04
- MOZART: Aria, “Ah, t’invola agli occhi miei”3:12
- MOZART: Recitativo, “Misera! Invan m’adiro”2:56
- MOZART: Cavatina, “Deh, non varcar quell’onda”4:50
- MOZART: Recitativo, “Bella mia fiamma, addio”2:39
- MOZART: Aria, “Resta, o cara”6:36
- BEETHOVEN: Recitativo, “Ah! perfido”3:09
- BEETHOVEN: Aria, “Per pietà , non dirmi addio”5:05
- BEETHOVEN: Allegro assai, “Ah crudel! tu vuoi ch’io mora!”4:08
Sophie Bevan made her Classical Opera début in 2005 as Publio in the UK première of Gluck's La clemenza di Tito, and became an Associate Artist in 2007. Other appearances with the company include Weltgeist (Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots), Silvia (Ascanio in Alba), our J. C. Bach, Handel, Gluck and Haydn retrospectives at Wigmore Hall and several concerts at Kings Place. She appears on our recordings of Apollo et Hyacinthus and Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, singing the roles of Hyacinthus and Der Weltgeist respectively, and appears in the title role on our recording of Zaide. She can also be heard on our recording 'Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective' (Wigmore Hall Live, 2010). Further roles include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) for Welsh National Opera, Xenia (Boris Godunov), Soprano (Messiah), Despina (Così fan tutte), Télaïre (Castor et Pollux) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for English National Opera, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Garsington Opera. Her extensive concert repertoire ranges from Handel's Samson to James Macmillan's Parthenogenesis, and in 2008 she made her BBC Proms début in Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music.
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.
Updated 3 July 2018
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.