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L’Italiana in Algeri

Gioachino Rossini

This foray into the exotic East is an entertainment dished up with humour and virtuosity by the music of a young Rossini

Orlando

Georg Friedrich Handel

Handel in all his musical and vocal splendour and a legendary madness scene

Magnificat

C. P. E. Bach, J. S. Bach

The Magnificat, a sublime canticle sung by the Virgin Mary after the Annunciation, in versions by Bach the elder and his son. A musical and spiritual lineage.

Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

One of Mozart’s most poignant works, enriched by three centuries of legend and preceded by rare works by his contemporaries.

Die Schöpfung

The creation of the universe by the founding father of Viennese classicism

Mass in C

Ludwig van Beethoven

The Mass in C preceded the completion of the Missa solemnis by fifteen years, but the musician’s modern and visionary dimension was already apparent.

Juditha triumphans

Antonio Vivaldi

Written for all-female voices, this sole surviving oratorio by the “Red Priest” will be conducted by Vivaldi connoisseur Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Richard Strauss

A fascinating and complex work born of the fruitful collaboration between Strauss and his librettist Hofmannsthal, this Frau calls for an exceptional artistic team of the calibre assembled here.

Petite Messe solennelle

Gioachino Rossini

The last masterpiece by Rossini, who had abandoned operatic composition. However, inspiration is not wanting in this “final sinful indulgence of old age”.

Fidelio

Ludwig van Beethoven

An orchestral masterclass from Beethoven and a moving hymn to love and liberty

Johannes-Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach

The earlier of Bach’s two Passions, which already demonstrates his perfect mastery of the balance between solo arias and choral parts

Acanthe et Céphise

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Rameau’s inspired handling of drama and colour inform this neglected heroic pastorale revived by Les Ambassadeurs

Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod

Burning passion and ardent embraces in this Shakespeare tragedy featuring two of the most intense roles in the French repertoire. Gounod scales epic heights.

Serse

Georg Friedrich Handel

Handel’s rarely performed Serse championed here by highly promising singers Emily D’Angelo and Jakub Józef Orliński. 

Matthäus-Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach

The St Matthew Passion, in which Bach gives full expression to his splendour and maturity

Bluebeard’s Castle

Béla Bartók

Bartók’s only opera, steeped in the musical traditions of his native Hungary, is a bewitching score performed here by a world-class duo.

Missa solemnis

Ludwig van Beethoven

A monumental work which is the culmination of a musical life and a huge mountain to scale for the performers

L’Orfeo

Claudio Monteverdi

This founding myth of modern opera and the cornerstone of the operatic genre presented as a favola in musica

Requiem, Messe de Clovis

Gabriel Fauré, Charles Gounod

Fauré’s Requiem and Gounod’s rarely performed Messe de Clovis. Two perspective on late 19th century French sacred repertoire.

Alessandro

Georg Friedrich Handel

The rare opera Alessandro dates from Handel’s prolific London period and was a milestone when it was first staged, bringing together the two most famous divas of the day

Psyché

Ambroise Thomas

Psyché, which is less well known than Hamlet, is worthy of a revival. It demonstrates the Second Empire’s interest in mythology, which is handled here with great flair