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Gluck: Bauci e Filemone / Orfeo

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Experience a pair of one-act Gluck operas, including a little-known version of his most famous work in this rare performance as performed by Ian Page and The Mozartists.

Composed and first performed in Parma 250 years ago, both operas are based on stories recounted by Ovid (recently described on the BBC as ‘the world’s greatest story-teller’) in his famous Metamorphoses.

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 John Wilkie in collaboration with Ian Page, who also conducts an outstanding cast. 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’.


Orchestra of The Mozartists
Ian Page conductor
John Wilkie director *
Rebecca Bottone soprano, Bauci, Amore
Lena Belkina mezzo-soprano, Filemone, soprano, Orfeo *
Gwilym Bowen tenor, Giove
Kiandra Howarth soprano, Euridice *
Choir of The Mozartists
Classical Opera


Gluck: Bauci e Filemone from Le feste d'Apollo
Gluck: Orfeo (vers. 1769) from Le feste d'Apollo

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£22 - £60
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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* Please note change of artist/role from originally advertised.