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Bampton Classical Opera in 2024 – Observed and Heard Global


Bampton Classical Opera 2024 Season

Giuseppe Gazzaniga, L’isola d’Alcina – Alcina’s Island (1772)

Performances:
The Deanery Lawn, Bampton, Oxfordshire – Friday 19, Saturday 20 July
Westonbirt Faculty, Gloucestershire – Monday 26 August
The Barn at Previous Walland, Wadhurst, Sussex – Saturday 31 August
St John’s Smith Sq., London – Friday 13 September

For its 2024 season Bampton Classical Opera is extremely joyful to offer Giuseppe Gazzaniga’s L’isola d’Alcinawith a libretto by way of Giovanni Bertati. It is going to be sung in a brand new English translation by way of Gilly French as ‘Alcina’s Island’. Performances might be performed by way of Thomas Blunt and directed by way of Jeremy Grey.

L’isola d’Alcina is a Dramma giocoso in 3 acts, loosely in response to the nature of the sorceress Alcina from Ariosto’s epic Orlando furioso – an Englishman, Frenchman, Spaniard, Italian and German get washed up on Alcina’s magical island the place the seductive and lovely sorceress (even supposing 800 years previous) has a addiction of discarding her fans and turning them into rocks or animals.

Gazzaniga (1743-1818), wrote no less than 50 operas, of which L’isola d’Alcina used to be probably the most a success. His most famed used to be Don Giovanni, 1787 (staged by way of Bampton in 1997 and 2004, and carried out on the Royal School of Track in November 2023). The primary efficiency of L’isola d’Alcina used to be at Teatro San Moisè, Venice in 1772, and it used to be broadly observed in Europe till 1785. There have been performances on the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, London in 1776 and 1777 – however most definitely no longer in England since then.

On this bubbling and fast-moving opera set on a tropical wilderness island paradise, Bertati and Gazzaniga pit the (most likely restricted) wits of a motley choice of Europeans in opposition to the harmful amorous snares of the insatiable Alcina. Thankfully the Europeans are assisted by way of two fascinating however disloyal resident nymphs, with whom they sooner or later get away from the island. A lot amusing is fabricated from the linguistic confusions of the shipwrecked crew, against this to the fervour and discontent of the ageless however most likely weary sorceress. The track is fluent, cheerful and swish, propelling the tale ahead with stressed power.

Additional main points of Bampton Classical Opera’s manufacturing together with casting might be introduced sooner or later. Reserving for tickets will open on 15 January 2024.

Efficiency (as with Salieri’s On the Venice Honest in 2023) in collaboration with Dr Rüdiger Thomsen-Fürst, of Forschungszentrum Hof | Musik | Stadt, Schwetzingen, Germany.

Recorded on CD by way of L’arte del mondo, cond. Werner Ehrhardt (Deutsche harmonia mundi) 2023 staged at Schwetzingen Competition, 2022.

Bampton Classical Opera levels productions in rural venues in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire in addition to ceaselessly in London at St John’s Smith Sq.. Different vital venues and fairs have incorporated Wigmore Corridor and Purcell Room, Buxton Competition, Cheltenham Competition and Theatre Royal, Tub. Eschewing acquainted repertoire, Bampton concentrates as an alternative on rarities from the overdue eighteenth century, sung in full of life new English translations, and has given many enterprising performances of forgotten operas. Among those were UK premieres of Bertoni Orfeo, Marcos Portugal The Marriage of Figaro, Paer Leonora, Benda Romeo and Juliet, Gluck Il Parnaso confusoPhilemon and Baucis and Salieri Falstaff and Los angeles fiera di Venezia.

Bampton Classical Opera used to be a finalist within the Rediscovered Opera class of the 2020 Global Opera Awards for Stephen Storace Gli sposi malcontenti (Bride and Gloom), and its fresh manufacturing of Salieri Los angeles fiera di Venezia (On the Venice Honest) used to be shortlisted for the 2023 Awards.

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