Saturday 11th July
Tonight we'll hear Verdi's Un Ballo in maschera, an opera in three acts, after Eugène Scribe's 'Gustave III, ou Le Bal masqué'. Tenor Stefano Secco sings Gustavo, King of Sweden; George Petean, baritone, sings Count Anckarström, and soprano Tamar Iveri sings the role of Amelia. The La Monnaie Chorus and Symphony Orchestra are conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
Saturday 18th July (note later start time of 8pm)
Opera Night presents Mozart's Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, Mozart’s first extended dramatic work which he wrote at the age of eleven. It was not uncommon at the time for the task of setting such works to music to be divided between a number of composers and Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots followed this practice. Mozart composed the first part with more senior Salzburg composers Michael Haydn and Anton Adlgasser setting Parts Two and Three. Of the three only Mozart’s score has survived. Tonight's recording features soloists Allan Clayton (tenor), Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Sophie Bevan (soprano), Sarah Fox (soprano), Cora Burggraaf (mezzo) and the Orchestra of Classical Opera are conducted by Ian Page.