The radiant soprano Rosemary Joshua and luminous mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly have starred in many appearances with The English Concert; in one of their recent touring Handel operas Theodora, and headlining their 2011 recording of Handel duets dubbed 'sixty glorious minutes' by the Independent. Now they return in our latest Wigmore Hall Live recording with some of Purcell's most beloved arias alongside instrumental music from his contemporaries.
It’s easy to think of Handel as the all-conquering hero, arriving in London from his Italian adventures, and commanding the operatic scene for the rest of his life. While any passer-by on the streets of London would instantly know Handel’s name, his crown was not without its challengers. Foremost amongst these was the Opera of the Nobility. Created in 1733 and backed by the Prince of Wales, Handel’s...More Info
We are delighted to announce Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto as our production for Garsington Opera’s 2020 season. The young Mozart combines glorious melody, dazzling vocal fireworks and exquisitely tender melancholy in his first opera seria, premiered to immediate acclaim in the year of Beethoven’s birth. The king, Mitridate, and his two sons are all in love with Princess Aspasia; a complex...More Info
Imagine picking all the best bits of your favourite pop, rock, hip-hop and jazz stars and combining them into one fantastical package, a bit like your fantasy football team. How great would that be? Each brings their own strengths to the party and create a world-beating combination. The French players (Leclair, Lully, Rameau, Couperin) sweep around the wings, running rings around the opposition with...More Info
There are plenty of mysteries out there in the musical world: the two heads inside Haydn’s tomb, the enigma behind Elgar’s variations. But what of the gruesome murder of poor Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)?From lace-maker, to dancing star and violin virtuoso, everything seemed to be going right for Leclair. Celebrated as the ‘French Corelli’, his compositions quickly drew the attention of...More Info