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Gluck Il Parnaso confuso* and 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.
 

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Bertoni

Friday and Saturday, 18 &19 July, 7pm, The Deanery garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire
Tuesday 12 August, 7.30pm, Bury Court Barn, Hampshire
Monday 25 August, 5pm, The Orangery Terrace, Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire (pre-performance talk 4.15pm)
Tuesday 16 September, 7pm, 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

 

 

Singing competition prizewinners' recital

Wednesday 8 October 2014, 7 for 7.30pm
22 Mansfield St, London W1

Mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych and soprano Rosalind Coad (first and second prizewinners of our 2013 inaugural Young Singers' Competition) are joined by company principal Nicholas Merryweather for a delicious evening of opera and song.  Programme to be announced.

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Jephtha - Maurice Greene (1737)

A concert performance of this magnificent, rarely-heard oratorio by English contemporary of Handel
Sunday 2 November, SJE Arts, Oxford

Jephtha - John-Colyn Gyeantey (tenor)
Daughter - Rosalind Coad (soprano)
First Elder of Gilead - Nicholas Merryweather (baritone)
Second Elder of Gilead - Ben Williamson (counter-tenor)

Cantandum
The Bampton Classical Players, on period instruments
Conductor: Gilly French

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