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Classical Opera’s Mozart Opera Cycle

Classical Opera has embarked on a major cycle of Mozart opera recordings and accompanying concerts, with outstanding young singers and our acclaimed period instrument orchestra, creating a permanent record of world-class interpretations, and a legacy for future generations of Mozart-lovers

May 2013 - September 2013

Charity information: Classical Opera

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  • Need


    Mozart is arguably the most famous composer of all time, and opera his most important genre. Many of his early operas are rarely performed and little known despite their astonishing beauty and accomplishment. There are few recordings of Mozart’s early operas, and the quality of most that exist is poor, but in the current climate recordings of complete operas require substantial subsidy.


    With our outstanding track record as Mozart specialists, we can create recordings of excellent quality and stylistic integrity, bringing this repertoire to a wide international audience. The recordings will incorporate the latest research on Mozart performance practice, and we will also present opportunities to hear the music live. We plan to create videos with each recording, providing further depth and insight, and these will also be made available for online viewing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create benchmark recordings of important, and often neglected, repertoire.


    » Working in partnership with award-winning Linn Records to achieve state-of-the art production values.
    » Engaging world-class artists, many of whom have worked extensively with the company since the start of their careers.
    » Collaborating with leading Mozart publishers, Bärenreiter, to work from performance materials representing the highest scholarly standards.

    What success will look like

    Our previous recordings and performances have attracted outstanding reviews and we would hope to receive similar acclaim for this project.

    Aim 2

    To take our audiences on a voyage of discovery and appreciation.


    » Making this repertoire available through quality recordings and live performances, enhanced by video and extensive booklet / programme notes.
    » Looking for ways to bring recordings of Mozart’s early works and accompanying educational materials to schools, at heavily subsidized prices.

    What success will look like

    We can evaluate our second aim through CD sales, attendance at performances, public feedback and broadcast and press exposure.

    Aim 3

    To provide world-class young performers with high-level exposure and experience.


    » Engaging the PR representatives of our company and Linn Records to ensure maximum exposure, in keeping with our recent acclaimed CDs.
    » Internationally released recordings on a prestigious label provide invaluable exposure for our outstanding young artists.

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the successful development of these artists’ careers subsequent to release of the CDs and performances we can evaluate whether this aim has been successful.

  • Impact


    Mozart’s reputation as arguably the greatest opera composer still rests on only a third of his operas. This series will offer audiences a fresh perspective and intensive overview of his complete canon, and provide a permanent record which can inspire current and future generations. The fact that Mozart wrote his first two operas at the age of eleven serves as an excellent hook to introduce similarly-aged children to opera.


    The main risk is that we do not secure sufficient funding to bring the project to fruition, but we are confident that the idea is sufficiently strong to attract donors, and are developing a comprehensive fundraising campaign for each stage of the project. We have strict financial governance to ensure that we don’t make firm commitments that we cannot honour.


    Funders of our projects receive regular progress reports, and we involve many donors closely with our work, for example, inviting them to attend rehearsals, meet artists, attend pre-performance talks, etc. We also organise private events around many of our projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £128,345

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      Amount Heading Description
      £86,289 Artists - recording Recording fees
      £19,600 Production - recording Recording production costs
      £22,456 Concerts Concert costs
  • Background


    The Mitridate recording will be released internationally, and the live performance of Die Schuldigkeit will be presented at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.


    - General public (the recorded work will provide a legacy for future generations), concert goers, music students, university libraries and children who can be introduced to the works of a composer who wrote these works at age eleven
    - Performers, for whom it will provide an invaluable experience to be involved in this prestigious cycle
    - Donors, who will receive the satisfaction of bringing this project to fruition, and have opportunities to become closely involved with the company’s work

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Classical Opera has developed a superb reputation and following for its performances of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries. Under Artistic Director Ian Page, it has an outstanding track record for the freshness and quality of its interpretations and its development of world-class young singers, and its period instrument orchestra comprises many leading practitioners. Our previous recordings have all attracted widespread praise and recognition.

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    Ian Page

    The company’s Artistic Director and Conductor coaches and mentors our young artists, and also devises all our concert and recording programmes.

    Our Artists

    Our casts and orchestra are widely recognized as being among the leading practitioners of their generation.

    Philip Hobbs And Linn Records

    Philip is a leading producer and sound engineer, and in 2010 Linn records was named Gramophone magazine’s record 'Label of the Year'.

    Our Administrative Team

    Our staff are highly skilled and we have a track record in delivering complex and ambitious projects of this nature.