Welcome to the New Chamber Opera Studio Recital Series which is held on Fridays at 1.15 pm during term time in New College Ante-Chapel. The recital series has been running since 1994 and offers singers across the University and beyond the opportunity to perform a short programme in a relaxed atmosphere.
Week 2 – 26 January Theo Cawood Week 3 – 2 February Matilda Bates Week 4 – 9 February Maurice Cole Week 5 – 16 February John Morshead Week 6 – 23 February Felicity Howard Week 7 – 1 March Josh Dennis Week 8 – 8 March Vocal Ensemble Maxim Fielder, Ellie Stamp, Ischia Gooda, Daniel Atkinson
Mercury, messenger of the gods Paris, a shepherd Juno, goddess of marriage. Pallas, goddess of war Venus, goddess of love
In 1700, a group of nobles put up a ‘Musick Prize’ by offering through the pages of the London Gazette of 18 March: First prize was 100 guineas, second 50, third 30, and fourth 20, and the task was to set a new libretto, a masque, The Judgment of Paris, written for the occasion by William Congreve. John Weldon was one of four known entrants, the others being John Eccles, Daniel Purcell and Gottfried Finger. The works were performed singly and then together on one evening when the competition was run; the Prize was won by Weldon, Organist of New College, Oxford, much to the chagrin of most involved, with vague accusations of incompetence and corruption circling around the decision.In the masque, Mercury appears to the Shepherd Paris with the Golden Apple of Discord and asks him to award it to the Goddess for whom he has the most regard. The goddesses – Juno, Pallas, and Venus – all sing to him, presenting a future in each of their respective spheres, worldly power, war, and beauty. Pallas, seduced by Venus, awards it to her.