The tale of Philemon and Baucis shows the god Jupiter rewarding a simple Phrygian couple for an outstanding act of kindness, while Gluck’s setting of the story of Orpheus (a role recomposed for soprano in this rarely heard version) and his descent into the Underworld to reclaim his beloved wife Euridice has frequently been hailed as the birth of modern opera.
This concert staging is directed by Nick Winston in collaboration with Ian Page, who also conducts an outstanding cast led by Swiss-Romanian soprano Ana Maria Labin in the role of Orfeo. These performances are part of Page’s acclaimed MOZART 250 project, which travels back 250 years in time to follow the chronological trajectory of Mozart’s life, works and influences. It has been hailed by The Observer as ‘among the most audacious pieces of classical music scheduling ever’.
PerformersOrchestra of The Mozartists
RepertoireGluck: Bauci e Filemone from Le feste d'Apollo