Arne: Artaxerxes – Christopher Ainslie, Elizabeth Watts, Caitlin Hulcup, Andrew Staples, Rebecca Bottone, Daniel Norman, Classical Opera, Ian Page
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Thomas Arne, the composer of Rule, Britannia!, the Classical Opera company presents the first complete recording of Artaxerxes. The original scores for the opera were lost in a fire in Drury Lane Theatre – only the orchestral parts, the libretto, and some of the music survived. The noted musicologist Duncan Druce recreated the Finale and the company’s director, Ian Page, the recitatives for this new performing edition, which was premiered at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in 2009. The opera contains several well-known arias, including ‘The soldier tir’d’, made famous by the late Dame Joan Sutherland.
The Classical Opera company, founded by Ian Page in 1997, specialises in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries whilst performing with its own period instrument orchestra. The company has also established an outstanding track record for its work in discovering and developing world class young artists. Listen to the soloists in Artaxerxes to appreciate why Classical Opera is regarded as one of Britain’s most exciting and highly regarded young arts organisations.