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OAE: The Corridors of Power

Part of Series Visions, Illusions and Delusions

A story of love and politics set to music by Haydn and told by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Berenice is Queen of Palestine, set to marry the Roman Emperor Titus. But a change of political weather at home makes it impossible for the Emperor to marry a foreign queen. What wins out – love or duty?

Haydn turned this story into a fabulous concert aria (classical music’s equivalent of the short story) told from the Queen’s perspective. As political wheels keep turning, how does she hold her own in increasingly hostile corridors of power?

A packed programme also explores Mozart’s operas, with selections from two great operas about power struggles, Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito.

One of Britain’s leading mezzo-sopranos Christine Rice sings Berenice, while the OAE is joined again by Ádám Fischer, one of the leading interpreters of Haydn’s music to conduct.

Performers

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ádám Fischer conductor
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano

Repertoire

Mozart: Arias including: ; Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio from La clemenza di Tito ; Symphony No.38 (Prague)
Interval
Haydn: Berenice, che fai (Scena di Berenice) - cantata for soprano & orchestra ; Symphony No.103 (Drum Roll)

Dates & times

27 Feb 2018
Approximate run time: 180 mins

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£10 - £60
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
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Performance time
Please note start time of 7pm.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 5.45pm: pre-concert talk. Admission free.

Ticketing
Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount.

2 – 3 events (15% discount)
4 – 7 events (20% discount)
8 or more events (25% discount)

Children and student £5 tickets are available for every concert. These discounts, and the £5 tickets, are not available on Premium seats.

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