Mozart in Italy – Concert 1

Mozart in Italy – Concert 1

The Audition

Friday 6 March 2020, 19:30

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Programme

Mozart Symphony in D, K.100/62a
Guglielmi Aria: “In un mar di tante pene” from Ruggiero
Guglielmi Aria: “Degna non è d’un soglio” from Ruggiero
Guglielmi Aria: “Ah, spiegar non posso” from Ruggiero
Guglielmi Aria: “A morte, men vado” from Ruggiero
Guglielmi Trio; “Ingrata mi sgridi” from Ruggiero

Mozart Symphony No. 9 in C, K.73/75a
Mozart Concert aria: “Se tutti i mali miei”, K.83/73p
Mozart Concert aria: “Ah, più tremar non voglio”, K.71 (fragment)
Mozart Concert aria: “Misero me… Misero pargoletto”, K.77/73e

Performers

Samantha Clarke soprano
Rachel Kelly mezzo-soprano
Stuart Jackson tenor
The Mozartists
Ian Page conductor

Following Ian Page’s highly acclaimed ‘Mozart in London’ weekend five years ago, The Mozartists celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s first trip to Italy in 1770 with the first-ever major retrospective of this important and formative year in Mozart’s life. Italy was still widely regarded as the home of opera and, in going there to further his studies, Mozart was following in the footsteps of such esteemed compatriots as Handel, Gluck and Johann Christian Bach. The tour lasted for over a year, culminating in the triumphant premiere of Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan on 26 December 1770.

The first concert in this fascinating exploration includes two orchestral works that Mozart is thought to have composed to showcase his talents during the course of his travels through Italy, as well as a selection of arias and a dynamic trio from an opera that he heard in Verona on 3 January 1770.

Using compelling recent research, the second half reconstructs the audition concert that Mozart gave in Milan on 12 March, a concert which led directly to him receiving the prestigious commission to write Mitridate, re di Ponto.

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Mozart in Italy – Talk

‘Mozart in Italy – 1770’

Friday 6 March 2020, 18:00

Leading Mozart authority Cliff Eisen, Professor at King’s College, London and author and editor of numerous books on Mozart, provides an overview of Mozart’s 1770 sojourn in Italy.

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Mozart in Italy – Concert 1

The Audition

Friday 6 March 2020, 19:30

The first concert in this fascinating exploration includes two orchestral works that Mozart is thought to have composed to showcase his talents during the course of his travels through Italy, as well as a selection of arias and a dynamic trio from an...

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Mozart in Italy – Illustrated Talk 1

Mozart and Italian Sacred Music

Saturday 7 March 2020, 15:30

Professor Cliff Eisen investigates the church music with which Mozart came into contact in Italy, and recounts the celebrated story of how the 14-year-old composer inadvertently flaunted a longstanding Papal decree by writing out the music of Allegri...

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Mozart in Italy – Panel Discussion

‘A Very Musical Education’ – Mozart’s 1770 Italian Tour

Saturday 7 March 2020, 17:00

A distinguished panel discusses the significance, benefit and influence of Mozart’s travels through Italy during 1770. Speakers include Cliff Eisen, Segio Durante and Ian Page.

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Mozart in Italy – Concert 2

The Road to Rome

Saturday 7 March 2020, 19:30

This concert charts Mozart’s journey from Milan to Rome. It begins with thrillingly virtuosic arias and a duet from two long-forgotten operas and also includes arguably the best of the symphonies that he wrote in Italy as well as a concert aria now...

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Mozart in Italy – Illustrated Talk 2

Mozart’s First String Quartet

Sunday 8 March 2020, 14:00

The distinguished writer and musicologist Sergio Durante – Professor at the University of Padua, a member of the Mozart Academy in Salzburg and a former De Bosis Lecturer at Harvard University – explores the context of Mozart’s First String Qua...

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Mozart in Italy – Concert 3

The Commission

Sunday 8 March 2020, 15:30

This concert features highlights from two operas that had a significant influence on Mozart when he was composing Mitridate, re di Ponto – Jommelli’s Armida abbandonata and Gasparini’s Mitridate.

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