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Classical Opera

Classical Opera

Classical Opera was founded in 1997 by conductor Ian Page. It specialises in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, performing with its own period-instrument orchestra, and is emerging as one of Britain's most exciting and highly regarded young arts organisations.



Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots
Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots
Classical Opera’s Mozart opera recording cycle continues with 'Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots'. 

SIGCD343  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus
The first in the Mozart opera series from Classical Opera. 

CKD 398  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Artaxerxes
Artaxerxes
The first complete recording of Thomas Arne's masterpiece, Artaxerxes 

CKD 358  

Classical Opera

Classical Opera was founded in 1997 by conductor Ian Page to explore the works of Mozart and his contemporaries, and has emerged as one of the leading exponents in its field. Performing with its own acclaimed period-instrument orchestra, the company has attracted considerable critical and public recognition, not only for the high quality of its performances but also for its imaginative programming and its ability to discover and nurture outstanding young singers.

Classical Opera has performed regularly at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sadler's Wells, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and Kings Place, and has mounted staged productions of many of Mozart's operas, including Apollo et Hyacinthus, La finta semplice, Il re pastore, Zaide, Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. In 2009 it was invited to present The Royal Opera's new production of Thomas Arne's Artaxerxes, and it has also given the world première of the ‘original' version of Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto, the UK première of Gluck's La clemenza di Tito, and concert performances of Mozart's Ascanio in Alba and Lucio Silla, Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Arne's Alfred and J.C. Bach's Adriano in Siria.

Classical Opera's first two recordings - ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera' (Sony BMG, 2007) and ‘Blessed Spirit: a Gluck retrospective' (Wigmore Hall Live, 2010) - were both selected for Gramophone magazine's annual ‘Critic's Choice', and they were followed in 2011 by Arne's Artaxerxes on Linn Records (‘Opera Choice', BBC Music Magazine; ‘Disc of the Month', Opera). The 2012 recording of Apollo et Hyacinthus is the first in a major new cycle of Mozart opera recordings with Linn Records, in association with Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel.


For further information - www.classicalopera.co.uk
Classical Opera Company's New Release in the Classical Charts!
31 January 2011
Number 14 in the Classical Charts
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Artaxerxes is Disc of the Month
16 January 2011
Chosen by BBC Classics Unwrapped (January 2011)
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thomasmusic.net
'The singers are consistently good'
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The Guardian
Chosen as one of Stephen Pritchard's picks for the best of 2012


American Record Guide
'They all do their best to bring the score to life.'
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Golem Magazine
Translation from Italian review: 'the execution is crisp, full of moods and colors.'
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MusicWeb International
'What a wonderful achievement for a boy hardly old enough to attend the grammar school for which the entertainment was intended'.
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'...d'une interpretation de très bonne qualité.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'sparkles from beginning to end...This has to be in any serious Mozart collection.'
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Opera
'Ian Page's direction of Apollo carries rich promise of his ability to deliver a valuable contribution to historically-informed Mozart opera performance.'
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The Independent
'scintillating'
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resmusica.com
Review in French.
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The Consort
'...it feels like a live performance.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'I cannot imagine a better start to Linn's intended series of recordings of Mozart's operas by Classical Opera.'
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ClassicsToday.com
'A highly recommendable bauble'.
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Gramophone
'first-rate singing'
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The Observer
'Ian Page, setting out on an epic Mozart series for Linn, conducts a top cast...with the crisp and alert Classical Opera orchestra...'
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Classical Music Magazine
'...a young, well-nigh perfect cast of singers...'
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Opera Now
4 Stars
'Ek and Bevan lead an outstanding cast...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...all excellent, and Ian Page's band is neat and stylish.'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'An auspicious & thrilling start to what will surely prove to be an historic recording project.'
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The Independent
'gracefully regal'
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Audiophile Audition
Chosen as 'Best of the Year Discs for 2011'


6moons.com
Blue Moon Award: 'It's excellent from start to finish with amazing young singers...'
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Opera
Disc of the Month: '...artistry of the highest quality.'
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Early Music Review
'...we owe a great debt to conductor Ian Page for bringing [Artaxerxes] back to life. '
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Opera Now
5 Stars
Opera Now Choice: 'The orchestra has a natural sheen and the voices - especially those of the women - are radiant.'
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MusicWeb International
"Anyone with an interest in 18th century opera ought to try the disc. They won't be disappointed."
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Gramophone
"Brilliant tone of Elizabeth Watts...[and] admirable work by all the other voices"
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Gramophone - Super Audio Corner
"The performance is thrilling, with exemplary singing and playing..."
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Classic FM
4 Stars
'The recitatives...are delivered with conviction, flowing seamlessly into the arias.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
"I can't recommend this release too highly. It should be in the collection of every opera lover."
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
"...here it is presented complete and to a consistently high standard."
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6Moon.com
Blue Moon Award: "The orchestra is spectacular...Linn's studio recording is as usual excellent...Enjoy!"
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"[A] classy, crystal clear recording."
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Pizzicato
"...est rendu dans une lecture vivante, avec d'excellents chanteurs..."
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International Record Review
'admirable set'
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The Observer
"Elizabeth Watts and Rebecca Bottone shine under Ian Page's crisp direction."
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North London News
"...the singing is both intensely musical and full of acute psychological nuance..."
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The Sunday Times
"Christopher Ainslie is outstanding in the title role."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"I cannot recommend this too strongly...this is truly a set to banish the wintry gloom!"
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08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014
England, London
Barbican Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
Mozart's Requiem

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014
England, London
Wigmore Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
Miah Persson performs Haydn and Mozart