Period instrument orchestra Classical Opera are to perform a rare programme of vocal works at Wigmore Hall based on Metamorphoses by Roman poet Ovid.
The concert, entitled Tales from Ovid, will take place on 20 May. Classical Opera, accompanied in performance by the Orchestra of Classical Opera, will be conducted by founder and artistic director Ian Page.
The concert’s programme is inspired by the 15-book catalogue from Ovid, the narrative of which spans from the world’s creation through to the Roman era. Metamorphoses inspired the work of early baroque composer Francesco Cavalli, Monteverdi, Britten and many others.
The concert will open with ‘The Rescue of Andromeda by Perseus’ by Carl Ditters Von Dittersdorf, who composed 12 symphonies based on the narratives within Metamorphoses, although only six of these works having survived.
Tales from Ovid will also include a scene from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s eighteenth-century opera Orfeo ed Euridice, based on the myth of Orpheus, and works from Haydn and Mozart.
(Image credit: Stephen Page)