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Ian Page (conductor) is the founder, conductor and artistic director of Classical Opera, and is emerging as one of the leading British conductors of his generation. He began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and studied English Literature at the University of York before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the start of his career he worked on the music staff at Scottish Opera, Opera Factory, Glyndebourne and the Drottningholm Slottsteater in Sweden, working with such conductors as Sir Alexander Gibson, Nicholas McGegan, Mark Wigglesworth, Ivor Bolton and Sir Charles Mackerras.

With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s early operas, including the world première of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate, re di Ponto and a new completion of Zaide, as well as Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito. He has also conducted the UK premières of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, Telemann’s Orpheus and Jommelli’s Il Vologeso, as well as the first new staging for 250 years of Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria. In 2009 he made his Royal Opera House début conducting Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and his studio recording of the work was released in 2011 on Linn Records.

He devised and conducted Classical Opera’s recordings of ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’ (Signum Classics) and ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ (Wigmore Hall Live), both of which were selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critic’s Choice, and he recently embarked on an acclaimed new complete cycle of Mozart opera recordings with Classical Opera. He has also created and devised MOZART 250, Classical Opera’s ambitious 27-year journey through Mozart’s music and influences, which was launched in London in 2015.

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Sturm und Drang, Vol. 3
The Mozartists
Il Vologeso
The Mozartists
Artaxerxes
The Mozartists
Sturm und Drang Vol. 2
The Mozartists
Sturm und Drang Vol. 1
The Mozartists
Apollo et Hyacinthus
The Mozartists
Grabmusik, Bastien und Bastienne
Classical Opera
Mozart in London
The Mozartists
Il sogno di Scipione
Classical Opera
Perfido!
Sophie Bevan
Zaide, K344
Classical Opera
'Where'er You Walk' - Arias for Handel's Favourite Tenor
Allan Clayton
Mitridate, re di Ponto
Classical Opera
The A-Z of Mozart Opera
Classical Opera / Ian Page
Die Schuldigkeit Des Ersten Gebot
The Orchestra of Classical Opera