Ashutosh Khandekar

Classical Opera announces new associate artists

1:01, 8th January 2019

Classical Opera has announced a new intake of associate artists for the fifth year of its ground-breaking MOZART 250 project, as the company explores music being written by Mozart and his contemporaries in 1769.

Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath, British tenor Gwilym Bowen and Swedish mezzo-soprano Ida Ränzlöv will all feature together for the first time in the British premiere of Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe presented by Classical Opera at Cadogan Hall in March 2019.

The Associate Artists Scheme was launched in 2006 by Classical Opera’s founder and artistic director Ian Page to consolidate the company’s work in assisting the development of young singers in the early stages of their career. Page has a strong track record in this area, initially through his work at the Royal College of Music and as assistant conductor at Glyndebourne, and more recently as a coach on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Since 2006 there have been more than thirty Classical Opera Associate Artists, including Sophie Bevan, who recently released the album Perfido! with The Mozartists, and Allan Clayton, whose recording Where’er You Walk with the company was recently shortlisted in the ‘Recording (Solo Recital)’ category in the 2017 International Opera Awards. Other associate artists include Louise Alder, Anna Devin, Stuart Jackson, Pumeza Matshikiza and Natalya Romaniw.

Ian Page says of his new intake: ‘Although of course vocally very different, they are united as artists of exceptional quality, individuality, focus and artistic imagination, and I am greatly looking forward to working with them.

‘Mozart’s compositional output in 1769 was unusually sparse,’ Page added, ‘but this offers us the chance to dig a little deeper in our exploration of the music being written 250 years ago. The fifth year of our ongoing MOZART 250 project will include two operas that will be receiving their British premieres, and I’m excited by the prospect of unearthing this fascinating repertoire.’

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