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The Bach who came to London: Adriano in Siria

on BBC Radio 3

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Hall. Bloomsbury, London The first of six
Programmes marking the bicentenary of the death of Johann Christian Bach is the first performance since 1765 of his sixth opera. The boy Mozart, who was in London then. was befriended by Bach and almost certainly saw the opera. Mozart later wrote embellishments to one of the arias and-these will be sung this evening.
The opera is set in Antioch in AD 117, after Trajan had annexed Parthia and after
Hadrian had succeeded him as Emperor.
Cast in order of singing:
(harpsichord continuo) BBC Concert Orchestra leader. JOHN BRADBURY conducted by Sir Charles Mackerra * (Presented by the Camdcn Festival in association with Radio 3)


Johann Christian Bach
Gwyn Morris
David Shaw
John Bradbury
Conducted By:
Sir Charles MacKerra
Farnaspe, a Parthian prince betrothed toEmirena:
Ann Murray
Osroa. King of the Parthians.:
Ryland Davies
Adriano. Emperor of Rome:
Margaret Cable
Emirena, Osroa's daughter:
Mabie Slorach
Aquilio, a Roman tribune secretly in love with Sabina:
Alan Woodrow
Sabina. a Roman lady betrothed to AdrianoEIDDWEN:
Harrhy Soprano
Barsene, her confidante MARILYN:
Hill Smith

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