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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

The Mozartists to survey 1768 in 2018

11:37, 3rd January 2018

2018 will see Ian Page and The Mozartists explore music written by the 12-year-old Mozart in 1768, placing it in the context of works written by his contemporaries.

The year will begin with the annual ‘retrospective’ concert at Wigmore Hall, contextualising the musical scene 250 years ago and including performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 26, Vanhal’s Symphony in D minor, arias by Jommelli, Haydn, Hasse and Mozart, and J.C. Bach’s flute concerto in D major.

It will continue with a rare performance of Haydn’s Applausus at Cadogan Hall, showcasing The Mozartists’ associate artists Ellie Laugharne, David Shipley and Thomas Elwin.

For their debut performance at the Southbank Centre’s newly-refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall, the ensemble will present a new concert staging of Mozart’s first full-length opera La finta semplice. The Mozartists will also perform the work in Birmingham, and the cast will include Regula Mühlemann as Rosina, Chiara Skerath, Lukas Jakobski and Božidar Smiljanić, in addition to associate artists Thomas Elwin and Alessandro Fisher. The staging will be directed by conductor Ian Page.

2018 will also see Ian Page and Classical Opera record Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne as part of their complete Mozart opera cycle, which began in 2012. The disc, which is the seventh in the series, will be released in autumn 2018 and coincides with a concert-performance of the one-act singspiel in London (further details to be announced). Anna Lucia Richter leads as Bastienne alongside Alessandro Fisher as Bastien and Darren Jeffery as Colas.

The company will also continue its outreach work in Ealing and Birmingham with its MOZART 250 Schools’ Project, through which primary school children hear live performances of Mozart’s music, learn about his life and historical context, and compose their own operas, coming together to share their performances. The Mozartists are also creating a MOZART 250 timeline and archive for their website, providing historical information and context to the 27-year exploration of the composer’s life and work.


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