Mozart, Bach and Handel's the most beautiful opera arias | European Christmas
Among the most gifted and sophisticated countertenors in the world today, Bejun Mehta is a regular guest of the top opera houses and concert halls. His admirable vocal mastery and strength of expression has allowed Mehta to perform in a wonderfully broad range - from Baroque era masterpieces to contemporary compositions; lately he has set out to conquer also the realm of orchestra conducting. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first heard the works of Johann Christian, known as "the London Bach", when he was eight years old, and this musical meeting greatly influenced the style of the young composer. "What a loss to the musical world," he commented upon hearing of Bach's death in 1782, and later referenced this early influence in his own soundscapes. George Frideric Handel's arias will add the final refinements to this conceptually rich programme, with their images of bravado as well as intimacy.
Bejun Mehta, countertenor and conductor
George Frideric Handel Arias from the operas Orlando, Tolomeo and Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Johann Christian Bach Symphony in D major, Op. 18 No. 4, W C27
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture for opera Mitridate, re di Ponto K. 87 (74a), Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a