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Handel’s Heroines – Cancelled
March 21st 7:45 pm
Jennifer France Soprano
Laurence Cummings Director/ Harpsichord
Academy of Ancient Music
Few composers faced feistier sopranos than Handel, nor wrote for them with such love and understanding, celebrating their voices in some of the most dazzling operatic arias ever written.
From Handel’s exhilarating Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to the meltingly lovely ‘Lascia la spina’ and Semele’s outrageous display of virtuosity, ‘Myself I shall adore’ this is a concert of high-wire musical thrills and heart-stopping emotions.
Celebrated Handelian Laurence Cummings brings his unmistakable flair and zest to a programme that roams through the composer’s best-loved operas and oratorios, including Serse, Ariodante, Rinaldo, Semele, setting their finest arias and duets alongside some of the composer’s characterful works for orchestra.
Bringing glittering coloratura brilliance and lyrical ease to Handel’s melodies, sopranos Mary Bevan and Jennifer France join Cummings and the AAM as soloists for what promises to be a joyous evening of music-making.
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
Volate, amori from Ariodante
Dolce riposo ed innocente pace from Teseo
Felicissima quest’alma from Apollo & Daphne
Suite of dances from Ariodante
Lascia la spin cogli la rose from Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Concerto Grosse Op.3 No.2
Will the sun forget to streak from Solomon
Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.6
Myself I shall adore from Semele
M’adora L’idol bio from Teseo
Overture to Rinaldo
Verso gia l’alma from Acis & Galatea
O Sleep why dost thou leave me from Semele
Bless’d the Day from Solomon
Overture to Il trionfo del Tempe e del Disinganno
Troppo oltraggi la mia fede from Serse