British conductor Ian Page has established an outstanding reputation as a leading interpreter of the music of Mozart and his contemporaries. He is the founder and artistic director of The Mozartists (formerly Classical Opera), and is equally at home in the opera house, the concert hall and the recording studio. More…
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The Swinging Sixties
16 September, Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm
Ian Page and The Mozartists start their new season with an enticing programme of music composed in London during the 1760s. This was the London that the young Mozart visited in in 1764-65, the London of Dr Johnson and David Garrick, of William Hogarth and Horace Walpole, and music enjoyed unprecedented popularity, not just in the theatres at Haymarket, Drury Lane and Covent Garden but also at house-parties, the famous Bach-Abel concert series and the celebrated Pleasure Gardens at Ranelagh, Vauxhall and Marylebone.
This wide-ranging programme of popular hits from the 1760s features two recent winners of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award – soprano Jessica Cale and tenor and Alessandro Fisher.
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Ian’s new recording of Jommelli’s 1766 opera Il Vologeso will be released on Signum Classics on 17 September 2021. This is a live recording of the UK première of the work, which Ian conducted with The Mozartists at London’s Cadogan Hall in April 2016. More The cast comprises Stuart Jackson (Lucio Vero), Rachel Kelly (Vologeso), Gemma Summerfield (Berenice), Angela Simkin (Lucilla), Jennifer France (Flavio) and Tom Verney (Aniceto).
“It was entirely splendid. The singers sang from scores but had been prepared brilliantly, and… [Page] conducted with fizz and relish and a great sensitivity to the variety and unity of the score.” OPERA NOW
“Every aspect of this totally pleasurable evening, a bracing halfway house between Handel and Mozart, confirmed that everything The Mozartists put on will be worth seeking out. Microphones suggested a recording in the offing; if so, I’d snap it up straight away.” THE ARTS DESK
ZOOM LECTURES ON MOZART OPERA
Ian was invited by Martin Randall Travel to present five Zoom lectures on ‘The Operas of Mozart’ between 16 June and 21 July 2021. This acclaimed series is available to download until 15 September 2021, and further details can be found here.
“All five lectures were extraordinary! They were extremely educative, quietly blissful in a time of universal trauma, overwhelmingly beautiful in content and delivery, overall incredibly moving.”
“I have enjoyed this series enormously. It is not only his deep knowledge and erudition that’s been so marvellous, it is his love and enthusiasm for his subject. We have been given a glimpse into Mozart’s very soul.”
“What is there to say? Brilliant – thank you so much.”