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Bampton Classical Opera: Gluck's Paris and Helen (Paride ed Elena)

Friday September 24, 2021 at 19:00
St John's Smith Square, London
£40, £28, £18
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  1. Paride ed Elena (Paris and Helen) - Christoph Willibald Gluck

Following performances at Bampton in July, and Westonbirt School on 30 August, Bampton Classical Opera will bring their highly-praised production of Gluck's major work, Paride ed Elena to St John’s Smith Square on 24 September, which will be the first-ever London staging of this opera. These performances have been rescheduled from 2020, which marked 250 years since the opera’s premiere in 1770. It is given in a new English translation by Gilly French as Paris and Helen. Despite its significance in Gluck’s canon and its glorious quality, Paris and Helen is very rarely performed and little-known. The production is designed and directed by Jeremy Gray, and the conductor is Thomas Blunt. Scored for four soprano voices with chorus, and with colourful and exciting orchestration, Bampton’s performances aim to bring this enchanting and sensuous work to new audiences.

“..a work of shining beauty, an exquisite, at moments rapturous outpouring of romantic lyricism with few parallels in 18th-century opera” Max Loppert, Opera Magazine

Gluck’s extraordinary opera charts the passionate and tempestuous encounter between the legendary Helen and Prince Paris of Troy. Paris ardently woos her in a sequence of ravishing arias and ensembles, including the exquisite and much-loved O del mio dolce ardor. Bampton has gathered a wonderful cast including, as always, young professionals who are emerging into significant national and international career. Singing the massive and expressive role of Paris, is the soprano Ella Taylor, who won second prize in the 2020 Ferrier Awards and is making their professional stage debut. Opposite them as the feisty Helen is Lucy Anderson, worthy first-prizewinner in the 2019 Bampton Young Singers’ Competition. Also new to Bampton is Lauren Lodge-Campbell, causing mischief as Amor, and we’re delighted to welcome back Lisa Howarth as Pallas Athene.

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