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Tuesday 20 January 2015

2015-16 Season announced

The Academy of Ancient Music's third full season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican Centre, London begins with the much-anticipated conclusion of our three-year Monteverdi opera cycle. Acclaimed tenor Ian Bostridge sings the title role of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria in a semi-staged production co-directed by Alexander Oliver and Timothy Nelson, led from the harpsichord by Music Director Richard Egarr.

In October we begin a two-concert focus on our outstanding principal players. AAM leader Pavlo Beznosiuk directs a programme of rare minor-mode works from the classical age, and principal second violin Bojan Čičić directs an astonishing programme of music inspired by divine beings and the promise of the after-life.

The legacy of JS Bach and his music progeny forms another focus of the season. Richard Egarr directs a festive performance of the Christmas Oratorio in full in December 2015, we welcome back celebrated Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie in March 2016 for a programme of Lenten and Passiontide cantatas, and soprano Lucy Crowe joins legendary conductor Reinhard Goebel for an exploration of the Bach family's diverse musical legacy in June 2016.

Season highlights

  • The conclusion of the AAM’s cycle of Monteverdi operas with Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria in September 2015

  • A principal player focus with programmes directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk and Bojan Čičić

  • A focus on the music of JS Bach with performances directed by Richard Egarr, Bernard Labadie and Reinhard Goebel

  • A superlative roster of visiting guest artists including sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts, tenors Ian Bostridge and James Gilchrist, and young artists Ashley Riches, Rowan Pierce and Jukas Jakobski

2015-16 London season

Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria

the conclusion of our Monteverdi opera cycle
 29 September 2015, Barbican Hall, London

Music from the dark side

with Pavlo Beznosiuk
 19 October 2015, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Angels and saints

with Bojan Čičić
 20 November 2015, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio

with the Choir of the AAM
 22 December 2015, Barbican Hall, London

Lenten and Passiontide cantatas

with Bernard Labadie
 24 March 2016, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Vivaldi in Dresden

with Richard Egarr
 13 April 2016, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Handel's Acis and Galatea

in the original Cannons version
 21 May 2016, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

The Bach family

with Lucy Crowe and Reinhard Goebel
 18 June 2016, Barbican Hall, London