Ian Page, founder and artistic director of The Mozartists (formerly Classical Opera) and leading exponent of the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, has signed with Felsner Artists. Page is recognised as one of the most exciting conductors, artistic directors and broadcasters working in classical music today.
With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s operas, including the world premières of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate, re di Ponto and a new completion of Zaide, as well as the UK premières of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, Telemann’s Orpheus, Jommelli’s Il Vologeso, Haydn’s Applausus and Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe, and the first staging for 250 years of Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria. Page has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt and at Drottningholm.
Page is the driving force behind MOZART 250, his ground-breaking 27-year journey through Mozart’s life and works, which launched in January 2015 to critical acclaim. A prolific recording artist, his discography includes numerous recordings for Classical Opera and The Mozartists, and in 2012 he embarked on a new complete cycle of Mozart opera recordings on Signum Classics.
Future projects include a new series of ‘Sturm und Drang’ recordings (Volume 1 was released in May 2020) and débuts at La Seine Musicale in Paris and Bozar in Brussels.
Felsner Artists was recently founded by Marcus Felsner – previously head of the European Office of Opus 3 Artists – in the face of the transformation that classical music performance is currently undergoing. Felsner Artists aims to offer a unique service to an exclusive group of outstanding artists, including pianists Sergei Babayan and Aaron Pilsen, singers Andreas Scholl and Sarah Traubel, and conductors Simone Menezes and Jochen Rieder.
Ian Page says: “I am thrilled and honoured to be signing with Felsner Artists. During the course of our conversations I quickly found Marcus to be a wonderfully supportive and like-minded colleague, and in these extraordinarily challenging times for the music industry his expertise, empathy, integrity and vision feel more important and valuable than ever. I wish him every success with his new venture and am delighted to be involved from the outset.”
Marcus Felsner says: “Ian Page is a fascinating artist. His work with The Mozartists and other ensembles has defined a new standard for the interpretation of the works of Mozart, Händel, Gluck and others. I feel blessed to know an artist of such profound dedication to the music of the 18th century in particular. Ian’s trust in our team is an immense honour.”