Mozart La finta semplice Production information

Friday 13 June, St Andrew's Church, Aldborough, North Yorkshire
as part of the Northern Aldborough Festival

Conductor:    Andrew Griffiths
Director: Jeremy Gray
Singers: Aoife O'Sullivan, Caroline Kennedy, Caryl Hughes, Adam Tunnicliffe,
Robert Anthony Gardiner, Nicholas Merryweather, Gavan Ring


Gluck Il Parnaso confuso*
Bertoni Orfeo**

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In its enterprising pursuit of the rare and the beautiful, Bampton Classical Opera presents an intriguing double-bill to mark the 300th birthday of one of the most lyrical of eighteenth-century opera composers.  In Gluck’s charming and light-hearted Il Parnaso confuso, composed in 1765 and originally sung by four Austrian archduchesses, the temperamental Muses of Tragic Poetry, Lyric Poetry and Music find that their inspiration has unexpectedly dried up at a critical moment.  Ferdinando Bertoni’s passionate Orfeo was commissioned in 1776 by the great castrato singer Gaetano Guadagni in direct rivalry with Gluck’s famous Orfeo ed Euridice: in one of the best-known of operatic adventures Orpheus descends to gloomy Hades to win back his beloved Euridice.  Both operas celebrate the power of music and the beauty of the female voice, and an outstanding cast will reveal the florid energy and ravishing romance of these forgotten masterworks.

Production information - Gluck

Production information - Bertoni

Friday and Saturday, 18 &19 July, The Deanery garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire
Tuesday 12 August, Bury Court Barn, Hampshire
Monday 25 August, The Orangery Terrace, Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire
Tuesday 16 September, St John's Smith Square, London SW1

Conductor:  Thomas Blunt
Director: Jeremy Gray
Singers: Aoife O'Sullivan, Gwawr Edwards, Caryl Hughes, Anna Starushkevych, Thomas Herford, Robert Gildon

 *UK staged premiere
**UK modern-times premiere

The Philidor Quartet

Saturday 19 July, 3pm
St Mary's, Bampton

Haydn: String quartet in D minor, op 76, no 2
Shostakovich: String quartet op 110, no 8

Members of the Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera take a break from opera to give an afternoon concert of chamber music in the beautiful acoustic of Bampton church.  Tickets are £5 and are available at the door.