Handel’s Semele, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

It was quite simply an evening of delightfully and unwaveringly engaging theatre and a terrific musical treat. Un-costumed, and with gesture and movement left to the singers’ discretion, its dramatic impact derived solely from what we heard – from the superb team of soloists, instrumentalists and chorus – and from the manner of delivery as guided by Bicket and entrusted to the soloists’ own persuasive instincts. . .
. . .There was so much drama, too, in the playing of the English Concert. Nadja Zwiener worked tirelessly and, paradoxically, her labours resulted in a wonderful lightness: the violins’ bows were tremendously buoyant, almost breathlessly so.

Claire Seymour – Opera Today

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