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Wed 28 Feb 2018

The Anvil, Basingstoke

The Corridors of Power

Time: 7:45pm

Admission: £10–£40

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Mozart Arias from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Symphony No. 38
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Haydn Symphony No. 103, Drumroll

Ádám Fischer conductor
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano

What wins – love or duty?

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 Scena de Berenice, 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-soprano’s Christine Rice sings Berenice, while we’re joined once again by Ádám Fischer, one of the leading interpreters of Haydn’s music operating today.

 

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