Classical Opera: Mozart’s London, Milton Court, 20-22 February
Classical Opera will present a retrospective of Mozart’s 16-month childhood visit to London (from April 1764 to July 1765) at Milton Court, London on 20-22 February. The weekend is part of the company’s long-term Mozart 250 project, which ‘follows the chronology trajectory of Mozart’s life and works 250 years later’. Mozart scholar Cliff Eisen opens the weekend with an ‘Introduction to Mozart’s London’ including the first and fourth symphonies and music from Thomas Arne’s Judith and Artaxerxes and JC Bach’s harpsichord concerto op1 no6, with soloist Steven Devine. On 21 February the Museum of London will run two sessions on the London of the time (11am and noon), and broadcaster Andrew McGregor will chair a discussion with Eisen, Ian Page and David Vickers. That afternoon a concert will showcase musical highlights from the theatrical stage at the time, and that evening arias from several works, including the pasticcios Ezio, Berenice, and Solimano, will be performed. On 22 February, John Irving will examine Mozart’s ‘Chelsea Notebook’ of compositional sketches, followed by the final concert featuring works by the nine-year-old Mozart, JC Bach and Carl Friedrich Abel. Cliff Eisen leads a complementary series of talks at the British Library on 6 February, 13 February and 2 March).
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