CONCERT 2: The Road to Rome


Following Ian Page’s highly acclaimed ‘Mozart in London’ five years ago, The Mozartists celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s first trip to Italy with the first ever major retrospective of this important and formative year in Mozart’s life. Italy was still widely regarded as the home of opera, and in coming there to further his studies Mozart was following in the footsteps of such esteemed compatriots as Handel, Gluck and Johann Christian Bach. The tour lasted for over a year, culminating in the triumphant première of Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan on 26 December 1770.


This concert

This concert charts Mozart’s journey from Milan, through Bologna and Florence to Rome. It begins with thrillingly virtuosic arias and a duet from two long-forgotten operas that Mozart heard in Milan in early February 1770, and also includes arguably the best of the symphonies that he wrote in Italy. Also featured is a concert aria now thought to have been composed in Parma for the celebrated soprano Lucrezia Agujari. During his short stay in Bologna Mozart met Josef Mysliveček, one of very few foreign composers of the time who enjoyed success and popularity in Italy, and the concert includes music from his opera La Nitteti, which evidently had a strong influence on the young Mozart.


Piccinni Aria, “Son Romano , e sono amante” from Cesare in Egitto
Celoniati Duet, “Prendi l’estremo addio” from Didone abbandonata
Aria, “Se non odo dal mio bene” from Didone abbandonata
Mozart Symphony No. 10 in G major, K.74
Concert aria, “Fra cento affanni e cento”, K.88/73c

Mozart Concert aria, “Se ardire, e speranza”, K.82/73o
Mysliveček Overture to La Nitteti
Aria, “Povero cor, tu palpiti” from La Nitteti
Aria, “Se la cagion saprete” from La Nitteti
Mozart Contredanse in B flat, K.123
Minuet in E flat, K.122
Duet, “Se viver non degg’io” (original version) from Mitridate, re di Ponto


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