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Bampton Classical Opera: Songs for Nancy

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 19:30
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)Arias for soprano
Salieri, Antonio (1750-1825)Arias for soprano
Storace, Stephen (1762-1796)Arias for soprano

Nancy (Anna Selina) Storace (1765-1817) was one of the most renowned singer-actresses of her age. The daughter of an Italian double-bass player and born in London, she was recognised a child prodigy, starring in opera at home and in Italy whilst still a teenager. Recruited for the Emperor Joseph II’s new Italian opera company in Vienna, she came to the notice of the leading composers of her age – including Salieri, Paisiello and Haydn, as well as her remarkable brother Stephen Storace - who all composed outstanding music for her.

Above all, Mozart created the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro specifically for Nancy. Bampton Classical Opera marks the bicentenary of her death  with a varied concert, conducted by Andrew Griffiths, of vocal and orchestral music written for or associated with her.

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