Past Concerts in 2019

 
 

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 7.30pm

Classical Women
Lucy Crowe Soprano

St John’s Smith Square, London, UK

Handel
Overture, Da tempeste & V’adoro pupille Giulio Cesare
Passacaille Rodrigo
Ah! Ruggiero crudel … Ombre pallide Alcina
Ah! mio cor 

Mozart
Al destin, che la minaccia Mitridate
Ah! se il crudel periglio Lucio Silla
Minuet Serenade in D major K 203
Dove sono Le nozze di Figaro
Allegro Eine kleine Nachtmusik K 525
Come scoglio Così fan tutte
S’altro che lacrime La Clemenza di Tito

 

“I try to place all of our programmes into a modern-day social context: here, I wanted to explore how 18th Century representations of women might resonate with contemporary thinking. The result is a sequence of arias sung by characters who are powerful, vulnerable, intelligent, ambitious and sexy from the operas of Mozart and Handel – Cleopatra, Fiordiligi, Aspasia, Rosina Almaviva. Lucy Crowe (soprano) is our soloist; an artist who embodies all of the traits of the Prima Donna.

David Bates

 


 

Saturday 9th November 2019, 7.30pm

Classical Women
Lucy Crowe Soprano

Assembly Rooms, Bath, UK
Bath MozartFest

Handel
Overture, Da tempeste & V’adoro pupille Giulio Cesare
Passacaille Rodrigo
Ah! Ruggiero crudel … Ombre pallide Alcina
Ah! mio cor 

Mozart
Al destin, che la minaccia Mitridate
Ah! se il crudel periglio Lucio Silla
Minuet Serenade in D major K 203
Dove sono Le nozze di Figaro
Allegro Eine kleine Nachtmusik K 525
Come scoglio Così fan tutte
S’altro che lacrime La Clemenza di Tito

 

“Lucy Crowe dazzles with her every appearance, a young singer blessed with look-at-me-and-listen charisma.”

Praise from the Sunday Times for a soprano who is equally at home in the Baroque period and in the Classical era – as this programme of well-known arias from the operas of Handel and Mozart will assuredly demonstrate. David Bates and his period-instrument ensemble La Nuova Musica, who brought last year’s Mozartfest to a memorable end with Haydn’s Creation, provide accompaniments and orchestral interludes.

 


 

Wednesday 6th November 2019, 4pm

Teatro Di Noto, Sicily, Italy Martin Randall Travel

L’Issipile (1723) – Francesco Conti

Ed Lyon Toante Lucy Crowe Issipile, Katie Bray Eurinome Mary Bevan Rodope James Hall Giasone  Gerald Thompson Learco

Employed for over 30 years at the Hapsburg court in Vienna, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, originally from Florence, was one of the most gifted composers of his time. But there have been very few modern revivals of his works. The score of L’Issipile, Conti’s last opera, languished in the Austrian National Library until its first modern revival at Wigmore Hall in 2014 revealed its magnificence. Conti’s arias are richly contrapuntal, and there is an unusual abundance of orchestrally accompanied recitatives. The plot is based loosely on a story from Ovid’s Heroïdes and other classical sources: Jason and the Argonauts arrive on the island of Lemnos, where the women seem to have murdered all men in revenge for their adultery with Thracian women while away at war. Queen Hypsipyle falls in love with Jason, but a pirate suitor returns….

  Sunday 7th July 2019, 7.30pm Festival de Beaune, France International Opera Baroque & Romantique Hospices Salle des Pôvres de Beaune, France

The Royal Trio

Arias by Handel, Bononcini and Ariosti written for the First Royal Academy of Music, London Lawrence Zazzo Countertenor  
 
In 2015 we performed and recorded a programme of wonderful arias by Handel, Bononcini and Ariosti with the dramatic countertenor, Lawrence Zazzo. We are delight to make our Beaune Festival, France debut with this same programme. Lawrence is a wonderful friend to LNM, and I can’t wait to revisit this thrilling programme with him – especially following our hugely successful performance of Handel’s Orlando last year.
David Bates
 

 
 
 
Thursday 27th June 2019, 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall Rediscovering Tomaso Traetta Arias by Tomaso Traetta, Mozart, Haydn and Gluck
Paula Murrihy Mezzo Soprano
 

 

The little known Neapolitan composer Tomaso Traetta contributed hugely to the development of not only opera seria, but also to the expansion of the orchestra. He was much influenced by Gluck and Rameau, and the arias chosen from 4 different operas (not heard since the 18th century) harmonize the lyrics with virtuosic music. We are delighted to welcome the exceptional Irish Mezzo Soprano, Paula  Murrihy to LNM for the first time.
David Bates
 
 
 
 
Thursday 6th June 2019
A Private Recital Handel A recital of solos and duets by Handel for Soprano and Counter Tenor
Mary Bevan Soprano
James Hall Counter Tenor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday 18th May 2019, 7pm

St John’s Smith Square Part of London Baroque Festival

Handel Messiah

Keri Fuge Soprano Clint Van Der Linde Counter Tenor Ben Johnson Tenor James Platt Bass
 
 
 
“The music of Handel and the eternal story of Messiah never fails to move me. Whether you are a believer or not, Handel’s dramatic ‘wunsch’ is so compelling, you can’t help but be moved by the quality of arias and choruses. He was a master of contrast and it’s this contrast that sets up a fierce theatrical tension in Messiah. For our performance, we have assembled a wonderful team of soloists whose poetic power and vocal brilliance will present the arias with grace and virtuosity, alongside our small but crack orchestra of the finest Baroque musicians London can offer. The quartet of soloists will also sing along side our expert choir, so that we can hear a personal interpretation of the solo choral lines often full of coloratura. This will save the power of the tutti choir for specific moments, accentuating their dramatic rasion d’etre. This conceit is rooted in the late 17th century performance practice of church music in Germany, something that Handel would certainly have grown up with (look at the works of Schutz and Buxtehude, for example). I hope that with all the varying performance traditions that exist across the world, LNM’s reading of Messiah really gets to the emotional heart of this most loved oratorio – alternating personal and public expression, all serving Handel’s dramatic genius.” David Bates
 
 
Tuesday 22 January 2019, 7pm
St John’s Smith Square Part of London Handel Festival Handel Alcina
Lucy Crowe Alcina
Patrick Terry Ruggiero
Rebecca Bottone Morgana
Madeleine Shaw Bradamante
Christopher Turner Oronte
William Berger Melisso David Bates Conductor
 
 
 
 

Past Concerts in 2018

 
 
 
Venetian Vivaldi and Roman Handel
Vivaldi: Overture from Il Farnace RV 711 Siam navi all’onde algenti from L’Olimpiade RV 725 Gelido in ogni vena from Il Farnace RV 711 Motet: In furore iustissimae irae RV 626 Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor Op. 6 No. 8 ‘For a Christmas Night’ Handel: Gloria HWV deest Sonata a cinque HWV 288  Arias from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno: Un Pensiero Nemico di pace   Tu Del Ciel Ministro Eletto Nico Muhly: Land in an Isle (London premiere)  Lucy Crowe, soprano David Bates, conductor La Nuova Musica
Nico Muhly’s Land in an Isle is co-commissioned by La Nuova Musica with the support of the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation.
 

 
Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm Bath Abbey, Bath Mozartfest 2018 Haydn The Creation (sung in English) plus pre-concert talk with David Bates
Lucy Crowe, soprano
Ben Hulett, tenor
William Berger, bass
David Bates, conductor
Holst Singers La Nuova Musica
 
 
  Monday 19 November, 7.30pm St John’s Smith Square, London Edmund Finnis Eldest Night (world premiere) Haydn Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
Lucy Crowe, soprano
Ben Hulett, tenor
William Berger, bass
David Bates, conductor
Holst Singers
La Nuova Musica
 
 
 
  Thursday 27 September, 6pm Britten Studio, Snape Maltings Open Session
Luke Styles Every Dancefloor In This City Stands Forbidden To Me La Nuova Musica presents an Open Session performance of Every Dancefloor In This City Stands Forbidden To Me – a workshopped section of a larger new work by composer Luke Styles. Written for a cast of four singers and period instrument band, this comic opera pays homage to classic American sitcoms. Mixing the traditional structure of a Baroque opera with contemporary composition techniques, Luke Styles sets a new libretto by Alan McKendrick in this performance which draws to a close a week-long residency at Snape Maltings under the direction of LNM Artistic Director David Bates. The development of Every Dancefloor In This City Stands Forbidden To Me has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, Hinrichsen Foundation and the PRS Composers Fund. David Bates, conductor La Nuova Musica
 
 
  Saturday 29 September, 8.30pm La Seine Musicale, Paris Airs and Dances
Purcell: King Arthur (extracts) Fairy Queen (extracts) The Tempest (extracts) Handel: Il Pastor Fido (extracts) Alcina (extracts) Anna Dennis, soprano David Bates, conductor La Nuova Musica
 
 
  Tuesday 10 July, 7.30pm Lichfield Cathedral Venetian Vivaldi and Roman Handel 
Vivaldi: Overture from Il Farnace RV 711 Siam navi all’onde algenti from L’Olimpiade RV 725 Gelido in ogni vena from Il Farnace RV 711 Motet: In furore iustissimae irae RV 626 Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F Op. 6 No. 9 Handel: Gloria HWV deest Sonata a cinque HWV 288  Arias from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno: Un Pensiero Nemico di pace   Tu Del Ciel Ministro Eletto Nico Muhly: Land in an Isle (world premiere)  Lucy Crowe, soprano David Bates, conductor La Nuova Musica
Nico Muhly’s Land in an Isle is co-commissioned by La Nuova Musica with the support of the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation.
 
 
  Tuesday 22 May, 7.30pm Wigmore Hall, London J S Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat minor BWV 1051   Cantata: Widerstehe doch der Sünde BWV 54 Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Violin BWV 1060 (reconst.) Concerto for two violins in D Minor ‘Double Concerto’ BWV 1043 Cantata: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV 170 Soloists: Tim Mead, countertenor Leila Schayegh, violin Anais Chen, violin (concert master of LNM) Jane Rogers, viola Jordan Bowron, viola Patrick Beaugiraud, oboe Silas Wollston, harpsichord, organ  
  Sunday 13 May, 7pm St John’s Smith Square Orfeo 1762, C W Gluck (Live recording) Iestyn Davies MBE, countertenor (Orfeo) Sophie Bevan, soprano (Euridice) Rebecca Bottone, soprano (Amor) Part of London Festival of Baroque Music.  
  Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 April, 7pm St George’s Hanover Square Teseo HWV 9, G F Handel (concert performance) Cast 12 April Patrick Terry (Teseo) Frances Gregory (Egeo) Meinir Wyn Roberts (Agilea) Emilie Cavallo (Clizia) Alexander Simpson (Arcane) Leila Zanette (Medea) Darwin Prakash (Sacerdote) Cast 14 April Olivia Warburton (Teseo) Frances Gregory (Egeo) Ilona Revolskaya (Agilea) Alexandra Oomens (Clizia) Alexander Simpson (Arcane) Hannah Poulsom (Medea) Darwin Prakash (Sacerdote) Part of London Handel Festival with students from Royal Academy Opera  
7 April  Wigmore Hall, London Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell Rachel Kelly, mezzo soprano (Dido) George Humphreys, baritone (Aeneas) Emilie Renard, mezzo soprano (Sorceress) Nick Pritchard, tenor (Sailor) 1 February St John’s Smith Square, London Orlando G F Handel Orlando Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor Angelica Lucy Crowe, soprano Medoro Christopher Lowrey, countertenor Dorinda Rowan Pierce, soprano Zoroastro William Berger Baritone 13 January Teseo GF Handel Work in progress (invited audience) 8-12 January Royal Academy Of Music Teseo GF Handel Development sessions  

 

 

 

Concerts in 2017

  2 December Spitalfields Music with Erebus Ensemble St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London House of Monteverdi Altri canti d’amor Claudio Monteverdi Lamento della Ninfa Claudio Monteverdi Or che’l ciel e la terra e’l vento tace Zefiro torna Claudio Monteverdi Shades of Silence Anna Thorvaldsdottir Si dolce’l tormento Claudio Monteverdi Il Combattimento Claudio Monteverdi Soloists: Ben Johnson Tenor Katherine Manley Soprano   11 November Bath MozartFest with HOLST SINGERS Bath Abbey Overture from Judas Maccabeus G F Handel arr. Mozart Ruhe Sanft from Zaide W A Mozart Vorrei Spiegarvi W A Mozart See the Conquering Hero comes, March, Sing unto God, from Judas Maccabeus G F Handel arr. Mozart C Minor Mass W A Mozart Soloists: Lucy Crowe Soprano Mary Bevan Soprano Nick Pritchard Tenor Tim Dickinson Bass   13 November St John’s Smith Square, London with HOLST SINGERS Overture from Judas Maccabeus G F Handel arr. Mozart Ruhe Sanft from Zaide W A Mozart Vorrei Spiegarvi W A Mozart See the Conquering Hero comes, March, Sing unto God, from Judas Maccabeus G F Handel arr. Mozart C Minor Mass W A Mozart Soloists: Lucy Crowe Soprano Mary Bevan Soprano Nick Pritchard Tenor Tim Dickinson Bass   17 September  Musica Classica Perugia, Italy Allegri Miserere (With ornamentation after Giulio Caccini) Carissimi Jephte Schutz Musikalische Exequien Soloists: Miriam Allan, Zoe Brookshaw Sopranos, Alex Chance, Countertenor, Simon Wall, Benjamin Vonberg-Clark, Tenors, James Arthur, Tim Dickinson, Basses Chiesa San Filippo de Neri, Perugia, Italy   14 June Private Recital for Alain Aubry Soprano: Mary Bevan St James’s, Picadilly, London   20 April Il Duello Amoroso – Handel’s duets in various forms Soprano: Louise Alder, Mezzo Soprano Emilie Renard London Handel Festival 2017 St George’s Hannover Square, London   17 March Handel Rodrigo A Festival of Music in Florence (Martin Randal Travel) Guest Musical Director: Philippe Grisvard Cast: Olivia Vermeulen, Katherine Crompton, Jennifer France, Christopher Turner, Augusta Hebbert, Michal Czerniawski   23-25 January Development sessions for a new opera – Sitcom by Luke Styles

 

 

Concerts in 2016

 

 

19 December J S Bach Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 61 and Jauchzet Gott, in alle Landen BWV 51 W A Mozart Exultate Jubilate , Joseph Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai Soprano soloist: Lucy Crowe St John’s Smith Square, London   28 November Cavalli La Calisto Cast Includes: Lucy Crowe, James Platt, Pamela Helen Stephen, Tim Mead, Rachel Kelly, Jonathan McGovern, Andrew Tortise, Sam Furness, Jake Arditti, Ed Grint Wigmore Hall, London   29 September Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas Cast Includes: Dame Anne Murray, Benjamin Appl, Sophie Junker, Rupert Entiknap St John’s Smith Square, London   3 August Cantata Recital – Handel, Bach & Hoffmann Bejun Mehta Counter Tenor Salzburg Festival 2106   8 July Recital of Purcell and Handel Rebecca Bottone Soprano Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, St Peter’s Church   13-15 June The Suffolk Festival – Music of Tudor and Stuart England (Martin Randal Travel) 13 June Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas Cast Includes: Dame Anne Murray, Benjamin Appl, Sophie Junker, Rupert Entiknap Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds 14 June John Blow Venus and Adonis Cast includes: Sophie Junker, Benjamin Appl, Katie Bray Melford Hall, Long Melford 15 June Heinrich Schutz Musikalische Exequien  & Henry Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Melford   8 May Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas Cast Includes: Dame Anne Murray, Benjamin Appl, Charlotte Beament, Rupert Entiknap Brighton International Festival 2016   7 May Handel Berenice Cast Includes: Mireillie Asselin, Giuseppina Bridelli, Anat Edri, Michal Czerniawski, Raffaele Pe, Christopher Turner, Tim Dickinson Göttingen Internationale Händel Festspiele 2016 Stadthalle, Göettingen, Germany   7-11 April harmoni mundi USA – Recording sessions Pergolesi Stabat Mater Bach BWV 54 & 170 Lucy Crowe Soprano, Tim Mead Countertenor   17 March Handel Berenice Cast includes: Charlotte Beament, Emma Stannard, Anat Edri, Michal Czerniawski, Timothy Morgan, Christopher Turner, Tim Dickinson London Handel Festival St George’s Hannover Square, London   4 February 7.30pm Vivaldi  Gloria, Handel Dixit Dominus and Gloria, and Arias (Gelido in ogni veno, Agitata da due venti, da Tempeste) Sophie Bevan Soprano St John’s Smith Square, London  

Concerts in 2015

  20 March Pergolesi – Stabat Mater Lucy Crowe Soprano, Tim Mead Countertenor St John’s Smith Square, London

8 May Carissimi – Jephte Cambridge Early Music Series Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

2 June Israel in Egypt – a version similar to the 1758 edition Salisbury Festival Salisbury Cathedral

Associate Artists’ Programme For Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

4 June Handel – Israel In Egypt Christ Church, Spitalfields

8 June Couperin – Leçons De Ténèbres Village Underground 12 June Baroque Horn Concertos Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) 11 September Handel – Dixit Dominus Bach – Motets San Pietro, Perugia Sagra Musical Umbra 13-15 October Couperin – Leçons De Ténèbres Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts – Sopranos Recording sessions – harmonia mundi USA St Martin’s Church, Salisbury 2 November Handel – Acis and Galatea – Cannon’s version Ed Lyon, Mary Bevan, Christopher Purves St John’s Smith Square, London 30 November Aria programme – Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel etc. Bejun Mehta Counter Tenor Wigmore Hall, London 14 December Cesti – Orontea Cast includes Anna Stephany, Jonathan McGovern, Mary Bevan and Sam Furness. Wigmore Hall, London  

2014 Highlights

January Conti – L’Issipile Wigmore Hall debut concert March Recital of sacred works by Handel Porpora, and Locatelli Tim Mead (countertenor), Bojan Cicic (violin) London Handel Festival St George’s Hannover Square, London April Bach – Johannespassion Musica Sagra Umbria, Italy Basilica di San Pietro, Perugia August Cesti – Orontea Innsbrucker Festwochen, Austria Theologisches Fakultät, Innsbruck

 

2013 Highlights

January Bach Unwrapped – Bach Cantatas Robin Blaze (countertenor) King’s Place March Bach – Johannespassion St George’s, Bristol Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Augusta Hebbert, Hannah Sandison, Sam Furness, Christopher Lowrey London Handel Festival St George’s Hannover Square, London Odes and Anthems Blow, Purcell and Britten Aldeburgh Music Snape, Maltings October Bach – Motetten Schütz – Kleine Geistliche Konzerte Cambridge Early Music Series, Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge December A Royal Trio – arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor) Spitalfields Music, Winter Festival Shoreditch Church, London