Saturday 15th August 7.30pm at the Sheldonian Theatre
Anna Rajah, soprano
Oxford Proms Orchestra, conductor John Traill
Opera star Anna Rajah will sing the two spectacular Queen of the Night arias from Mozart’s opera “Die Zauberflote”, The Magic Flute plus “Casta Diva” from Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” O My Beloved Papa.
Our programme includes orchestral interludes from famous operas and Mozart’s divine adagio from the clarinet concerto played by our principal clarinettist Lucy Downer which follows the celebrated Queen of the Night’s “Der Holle Rache” Hell’s Revenge, possibly the most famous opera aria beyond the reach of most singers and a dramatic expression of anger beyond words.
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel
“O Zittre Nicht” Queen of the Night aria Mozart
Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo Gluck ( Celia Redgate – flute)
“Der Holle Rache” Queen of the Night aria Mozart
Adagio from Clarinet Concerto Mozart ( Lucy Downer – clarinet )
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni
Casta Diva from the opera Norma Bellini
Meditation from Thais Massenet (Edmund Jones – violin)
O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi Puccini
Symphony No 31 in D major K 297 (Paris) Mozart