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Bampton Classical Opera: Gluck's The CrownConcert performance

St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Tuesday 18 May 202119:30
Bampton Classical Opera
Robert HowarthConductor
Harriet EyleySopranoMeleagro
Samantha Louis-JeanSopranoAtalanta
Lisa HowarthSopranoClimene
Lucy AndersonSopranoAsteria
Rosa FrenchNarrator

Composed in 1765 The Crown (La corona) glories in the sensuous beauty and virtuosity of the soprano voice. It was written for four Viennese Archduchesses, daughters of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and the formidable Empress Maria Theresa, young singers for whom Gluck had already composed his delectable Il parnaso confuso, performed by Bampton in 2014. Both works set words by Pietro Metastasio and were destined for imperial family celebrations at the Hapsburg court theatre, although La corona was abandoned due to the Emperor’s death. In Bampton’s performance the florid arias - as thrilling as anything by Handel – will be sung in Italian, linked by a narration in English. Early music specialist Robert Howarth conducts, making his Bampton debut, and an outstanding cast includes Lucy Anderson, first prize-winner of the 2019 Bampton Young Singers’ Competition. The performance adds to Bampton’s noteworthy exploration of rarely-performed operas by Gluck, one of the most significant and melodious of eighteenth-century masters.

NB. SJSS will be implementing a socially distanced and safe environment. Practical details will be forwarded to ticket holders prior to the event.

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