About 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.
Praised for her “brilliant technique” and her “velvety timbre” (Opera Magazine), Swiss-Belgian lyric soprano Chiara Skerath recently made acclaimed débuts as Mélisande at the Opéra de Bordeaux and as Poppea at Opéra de Nantes, and has appeared in multiple productions at the Opéra National de Paris. Chiara has been a winner at several international competitions, including the Audience Prize at the 2014 Queen Elisabeth Competition; the Grand Prix de Duo Chant-Piano at the 2013 International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition and the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis in 2012. She also received the Migros Culture Scholarship in both 2011 and 2012.
British baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award, and is a BBC New Generation Artist from 2018-2020. That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied) and overall Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.