The BBC Philharmonic and conductor Nicholas Kraemer take us on a miniature trip to the opera, beginning with the overture to one of Mozart's earliest operatic triumphs, Lucio Silla, composed for the Milan court when Mozart was sixteen. New Generation Artist Ben Johnson contributes three arias Mozart wrote to show off the genius of individual voices in other composer's operas, as well as a licenza praising the Archbishop of Salzburg on the anniversary of his enthronement. A rare version of a Divertimento written in Mozart's downtime in Milan on an earlier visit completes the programme.
Overture, Lucio Silla
Si mostra la sorte (K209)
Or che il dover (K36)
Divertimento in E flat (K113), second version
Misero! O sogno (K431)
Per pieta, non ricercate (K420)
Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Ben Johnson (tenor).