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07. Elias Ashmole and the Ashmolean Museum

11 October 2020, 11:00 - 12:00



The world-famous Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683 by Elias Ashmole, an Enlightenment polymath. Within the Festival’s sub-theme of the Enlightenment, Xa Sturgis, the Museum’s Director, discusses the Ashmolean’s past, present and future. Alongside this, we hear songs by Purcell and Haydn, as well as the 17th-century Venetian composer and singer Barbara Strozzi, whose stature in the musical pantheon as a leading Baroque composer is growing steadily. These songs are performed by Anna Cavaliero, who gave stunning performances at Wolfson College and Fairlight Hall earlier this year, having studied with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the studio of the Opéra National de Lyon. Anna is joined by acclaimed harpsichordist Julian Perkins, Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Sounds Baroque.

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Xa Sturgis

Xa Sturgis

Speaker

In October 2014 Dr Alexander Sturgis became the Director of the Ashmolean Museum having had a distinguished career as the Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since 2005. Whilst at the Holburne Dr Sturgis oversaw a renovation of the Museum that included a £13 million extension. Prior to becoming the Director of the Holburne Museum Dr Sturgis worked at the National Gallery, London, for 15 years, in various posts including Exhibitions and Programmes Curator from 1999–2005. Dr Sturgis is an alumnus of University College, Oxford... Read Full Biography
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Anna Cavaliero

Anna Cavaliero

Soprano

British-Hungarian soprano Anna Cavaliero is a Samling Artist, City Music Foundation Artist, Handel House Talent Scheme Artist, and member of the studio of the Opéra de Lyon. She was previously also a Britten-Pears Young Artist, an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera, and a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist. Anna won the 2019 Opera Prelude Singer’s Prize, was a semi-finalist in the London Mozart Competition, and was awarded second prize in the 2017 Lies Askonas competition. At home in a wide range of musical genres, A... Read Full Biography
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Julian Perkins

Julian Perkins

Keyboard Player

Described as ‘exuberantly stylish’ by the Sunday Times, Julian Perkins enjoys a demanding career as a conductor and keyboard player. He loves bringing his many experiences as a leading performer on period instruments to his work with singers, period instrument ensembles and modern orchestras, and is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Founder Director of Sounds Baroque. Julian Perkins has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms. He has gained a wealth of experience perform... Read Full Biography

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