Glyndebourne to Perform Mozart & Chevalier de Saint-Georges Concert

By Francisco Salazar

Glyndebourne is set to perform concerts featuring the music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

The organization is bringing the music of Saint-Georges and Mozart featuring “The Anonymous Lover” with Mozart’s Requiem.

Instead of a traditional concert performance, director Simone Ibbett-Brown will interweave arias, extracts, and ensembles from “The Anonymous Lover” with spoken theatre to bring the opera’s plot and characters together with Saint-Georges’ own life story.

In a statement, director Simone Ibbett-Brown said ‘This piece of music theatre is a little window into the incredible life of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Darragh Hand, playing Joseph himself, along with singers Mariam Battistelli, Guy Elliott, Alexandra Lowe, Luthando Qave, and James Way, will be exploring how this opera came to be and Saint-Georges’ impact on the course of history.’

The second part of the evening will put the Glyndebourne Chorus in the spotlight performing Mozart’s Requiem, an emotionally-charged work, featuring some of the greatest music the composer would ever write.

The concerts will be performed from Nov. 3 through Dec. 9 in Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Liverpool, and Glyndebourne.