Haydn, Gluck, Schubert and Mozart rarities for Bampton Classical Opera in 2009

Gluck double bill and Haydn's Le pescatrici to come to London in anniversary year

19 December 2008

Bampton Classical Opera

The enterprising small Bampton Classical Opera company has announced plans for its most ambitious season yet in 2009.

Operas by Schubert, Haydn, Mozart and Gluck will feature in a range of venues around the UK, including London's Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square.

The season opens in March with an education project in association with Queen's College in London. A Schubert rarity, Die Verschworenen (The Conspirators), will be presented on 19 and 20 March 2009 with Tom Raskin, John Lofthouse and the girls of Queen's College. Jeremy Gray will direct.

Then on 5 July, Gray will again direct a double bill of short Classical-period operas: C.W. Gluck's Le Cinesi and W.A. Mozart's Apollo and Hyacinth. The cast includes Martene Grimson, Amanda Pitt, Serena Kay, Lina Markeby, Tom Raskin, Edmund Connolly and the performance will take place at the Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, as part of the Cheltenham International Festival.

Le Cinesi will also figure in Bampton's visit to the Wigmore Hall on 24 July, when Christian Curnyn will conduct it alongside Gluck's La danza. Martene Grimson, Serena Kay, Lina Markeby, Benjamin Hulett, Tom Raskin are the soloists.

The highlight of the season is a new production of a Haydn opera in the year of his bicentenary. Following on from previous seasons, in which the company has explored several of the composer's other stage works, Bampton Classical Opera will produce Le pescatrici (The Fisher-girls). The production will go to Bampton in July, Westonbirt in August and come to London on 29 September. Alice Farnham will conduct, following her acclaimed appearance in Falstaff at Grange Park and her Covent Garden debut in Giselle in 2009.

In all, an intriguing season full of rarities, perfect for operatic enthusiasts looking for something a little off the beaten track.

By Dominic McHugh

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