Playing: Serenade for Winds in E-flat major, K. 375 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Classical Opera/Mozart

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Sopranos Sarah Fox and Renata Pokupic join forces with Classical Opera and Ian Page to explore some of the repertoire Mozart composed for the most famous castrati of his day

Arne: "By that belov'd embrace" from Artaxerxes
Mozart: "Se il rigor d'ingrata sorte" from Mitridate, re di Ponto (K.87)
J C Bach: Disperato in mar turbato" from Adriano in Siria
Mozart: "Se il labbro più non dice" from Ascanio in Alba (K. 207)
"Ah se a morir mi chiama" from Lucio Silla (K. 135)
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate (K.165)

c8.15 Interval Music
Mozart: "Dolce d'amor compagna" from La finta giardiniera (K. 196)
"Aer tranquillo e dì serene" from Il re pastore (K. 208)
"Il padre adorato" from Idomeneo (K. 366)
Mozart: Concert Aria, "A questo seno... Or che il ciel" (K.374)
"Deh per questo istante solo" from La clemenza di Tito (K. 621)

Sarah Fox (soprano)
Renata Pokupić (mezzo-soprano)
Classical Opera
Ian Page (conductor)

The castrati were the vocal super-stars of the 18th century: successful ones enjoyed stage careers which brought fame, fortune and international acclaim. Classical Opera's programme explores some of the opera music composed by Mozart for the castrati of his day, together with arias by his English contemporaries Thomas Arne and J C Bach.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Tue 22 Jan 2013 19:30
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