Haydn: Applausus

Ian Page & The Mozartists

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Ian Page and The Mozartists present UK Premiere of Haydn’s rarely performed Applausus cantata at Cadogan Hall on 15 March.

Ian Page and his ensemble The Mozartists return to Cadogan Hall to present Haydn’s neglected cantata Applausus with a cast of young British singers on 15 March. Applausus was commissioned to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Cistercian abbot taking his monastic vows in Zwettl, Austria, and the work has since been largely forgotten. Ian Page will give a pre-concert talk at 6:15pm about the work and its historical context.

The cast includes soprano Ellie Laugharne, tenor Thomas Elwin and bass David Shipley, all of which are Associate Artists of The Mozartists, alongside Elspeth Marrow and John Savournin, both making their company débuts.

The one-act cantata is sung in Latin and the allegorical plot recalls medieval literary traditions as the four cardinal virtues of Temperance, Prudence, Justice and Fortitude – joined by the personification of Theology – extol their host’s qualities and achievements. 

“It seems extraordinary that an extended work by Haydn should never previously have received a live public performance in the UK, but as far as we can ascertain this is the case. As so often happens with Haydn in particular, the deeper you delve the more quality you discover, and Haydn himself seems to have had a high opinion of the piece. I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of getting to know this long neglected composition, and am greatly looking forward to sharing the fruits of our work with our audience at Cadogan Hall.”
Ian Page, Artistic Director of The Mozartists

The performance is part of The Mozartist’s ongoing MOZART 250 series which is an ambitious 27-year project which seeks to re-tread the steps of musical history and explore the trajectory of Mozart’s life, music and influences in chronological sequence. Each year Ian Page and his ensemble are devoting part of their programme to an exploration of the music that was being composed by Mozart and his contemporaries exactly 250 years previously. 2018 sees them continue the series into its fourth year, exploring the music of 12-year-old Mozart, who was living in Vienna with his family.

Applausus Cast

Ellie Laugharne Temperantia
Elspeth Marrow Prudentia
Thomas Elwin Justitia
John Savournin Fortitudo
David Shipley Theologia

The Mozartists
Ian Page conductor

Classical Opera & The Mozartists
Classical Opera, founded in 1997 under the direction of Ian Page, is one of the world’s leading exponents of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries. It is renowned for its vibrant, fresh and stylish performances, for its ability to discover and nurture outstanding young artists, and for its imaginative and illuminating programming.

Following the launch of Ian Page’s ground-breaking MOZART 250 and a broadening of repertoire, incorporating symphonies and concertos, oratorios and concert arias as well as operas, the company launched The Mozartists in 2017 to reflect and facilitate this expanding strand of work on the concert platform.

Ellie Laugharne
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, soprano Ellie Laugharne was a Jerwood Young Artist for the Glyndebourne Festival, and more recently an Associate Artist for Opera North. She is currently a Classical Opera Associate Artist and a Samling Artist. For Classical Opera she has sung the role of Emirena in the company’s 2015 production of Adriano in Siria, and appeared as Zerlina in its 2016 concert performance of Don Giovanni. Other operatic appearances have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Frasquita (Carmen) and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) for Scottish Opera, The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and Tina (Flight) for Opera Holland Park, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) for English National Opera, and Despina (Così fan tutte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera North.

Elspeth Marrow Elspeth Marrow completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in 2017. In 2012 she graduated from Royal Holloway, where she was awarded the Driver Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary. Operatic roles include Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw) for Euphonia Opera, Polinesso (Ariodante) with London Handel Festival & RCM, Florence Pike (Albert Herring) with RCM, Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon) for Opera Holloway, and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Co-Opera Co. She won third prize in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition and reached the finals of the Concerto Competition and the Contemporary Competition at the Royal College of Music as well as the Dean and Chadlington Competition. She will make her début with Classical Opera as Prudentia in Applausus.

Thomas Elwin
Thomas Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music and is an alumnus of the Solti Accademia Bel Canto and the Verbier Academy. In 2017 he became an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and will appear with the company in Haydn’s Applausus at Cadogan Hall and in La finta semplice at Birmingham Town Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. For the 2014/15 season he was a member of the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart, where roles included Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Kuska (Khovanshchina), Adballo (Nabucco), and Borsa (Rigoletto). Other roles include Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Nathanael (Contes d’Hoffman), Kuska and Borsa, all for Staatstheater Stuttgart, Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in a new production by Sigrid Herzog at the Vorarlberg Landestheater, Ferrando for Teatro Barocco, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera and Telemaco (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria) for The Grange Festival.

John Savournin
John Savournin studied with a scholarship at Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded the Founder’s Prize for Excellence and the Paul Simms Opera Prize.  Opera roles include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohème) and The Immigration Officer (Flight) for Opera Holland Park, Alidoro (La Cenerentola) for Opera North and Scottish Opera, and Schaunard (La bohème), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Second Gunman (Kiss Me, Kate) for Welsh National Opera. He is also well-known for his work in contemporary repertoire.  He made his Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room débuts as a Park Lane Young Artist, returning for a second Wigmore recital as a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation prize winner.  Other concert and oratorio highlights have included Messiah at the Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. He will make his Classical Opera début in March 2018, singing the role of Fortitudo in Haydn’s Applausus.

David Shipley
David Shipley studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and with the company he has appeared in a performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and as the Commendatore in its 2016 concert performance of Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall. He also appears in the role of Priest of Apollo on the company’s recording of Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus. His roles for the Royal Opera include Arthur and Officer III (The Lighthouse), Captain (Eugene Onegin), Sciarrone (Tosca), Guccio (Gianni Schicchi), High Priest of Baal (Nabucco), Clerk 3 / Policeman 4 /  Speculator / Respectable Lady’s Son in Shostakovich’s The Nose, Sergeant (Manon Lescaut), Dr Grenvil (La traviata), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), and the Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). Elsewhere, he has performed as a soloist with ensembles and conductors such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Mark Elder. Engagements in the 2017-18 season include Second Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte), Antinoo (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), and Zuniga (Carmen), all for the Royal Opera, and Sandoval Le duc d’Albe.

Haydn: Applausus

Thursday 15 March 2018, 7.30pm

6.15pm-6.45pm: Free pre-concert talk in the main auditorium
Conductor and artistic director Ian Page provides an overview of Applausus and its historical context.

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