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The Seckerson Tapes: Finishing Mozart's Unfinished Opera | reviews, news & interviews

The Seckerson Tapes: Finishing Mozart's Unfinished Opera

The Seckerson Tapes: Finishing Mozart's Unfinished Opera

Ian Page of Classical Opera Company on completing Zaide

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the restoration of his unfinished opera 'Zaide' is the current labour of love for Ian Page
The Classical Opera Company does exactly what it says on the tin and over the last few years has refreshed parts of the repertoire and corners of the nation that their bigger and more illustrious counterparts never reach. Conductor and artistic director Ian Page talks about questions of style, untapped repertoire and major restorations, like the company's recent staging of Thomas Arne's Artexerxes and its current labour of love rebuilding Mozart's unfinished opera Zaide. The opera now has a third act thanks to Ian's judicious plundering of Wolfgang Amadeus's bottom drawer and a new text from poet Michael Symmons Roberts and playwright Ben Power in collaboration with director Melly "Coram Boy" Still.

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