Bampton Classical Opera presents a gloriously festive programme for their annual concert, in commemoration of the village’s patron Saint, Beornwald.
The seasonal concert on 12 December at St Mary’s Church in Bampton features Christmas-themed vesper settings by Monteverdi, interspersed with motets that tell the Christmas story.
The company’s vocal ensemble, Bampton Classical Voices, make a welcome return to Bampton for this seasonal event, directed by the eminent young conductor Andrew Griffiths.
Croce Deus in adjutorium
Monteverdi Dixit Dominus II
Grandi Missus est Gabriel
Monteverdi Confitebor III
Bassano Laetentur coeli
Monteverdi Beatus vir primo
G.Gabrieli Hodie Christus natus est
G.Gabrieli O Jesu mi dulcissime
Monteverdi Laudate pueri I
A.Gabrieli Quem vidistis pastores
Monteverdi Laudate Dominum III
Monteverdi Christe Redemptor omnium
Merulo Tribus miraculis
Monteverdi Magnificat I
Please note these are not the well-known Vespro della Beata Virgine, but festive alternative settings of vesper psalms by the same composer.
Bampton Classical Opera enjoys a national reputation for its passionate and enlightened discoveries of rare late 18th-century operas sung in lively new translations. Amongst these have been UK premières of Bertoni Orfeo, Isouard Cendrillon, Marcos Portugal The Marriage of Figaro, Paer Leonora, Benda Romeo and Juliet, Gluck Il Parnaso confuso, Bauci e Philemon and Salieri Falstaff.
The company works with some of the finest emerging young professional singers and stages productions in rural venues in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and regularly in London at St John’s Smith Square. Other significant venues and festivals have included Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Buxton Festival, Cheltenham Festival and Theatre Royal Bath.
Bampton Classical Opera encourages a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and with ticket prices being excellent value, their performances provide an ideal introduction to anyone unaccustomed to opera.