Investec International Music Festival: Handel Arias

Two of this country's most eminent Handelians, Sarah Connolly and Harry Bicket join forces to capture the very essence of Handel’s dramatic world through the medium of these miniature masterpieces.

Harry Bicket director/harpsichord
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano

A selection of solo arias from some of Handel’s best-loved operas and oratorios, including:

Agrippina Pensieri, voi mi tormentate!

SolomonWill the sun forget to streak

TheodoraAs with Rosy Steps, and Defend her Heaven

Alcina – Mi Lusinga

Giulio Cesare - Va tacito e nascosto

*Unfortunately Rosemary Joshua has been forced to withdraw from this performance



Soloists & Players
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About

Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007

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Soloist

Sarah Connolly CBE, is one of the foremost British mezzo sopranos.

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Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

From Haydn’s first minor key symphony and the intensity of CPE Bach, to Mozart’s imaginative and playful Piano Concerto No. 13, this programme embodies the inventive spirit of the classical masters.

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Barbican, London

Following the successes of Radamisto, Theodora, Alcina, Hercules and Orlando, The English Concert continues their Handel opera-in-concert series with Rinaldo.

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Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

‘…refreshingly direct and impactful, with The English Concert, nestled either side of the stage, and its director Harry Bicket lending classy baroque accompaniment. Morris cleverly uses the 18th‐century auditorium’s intimacy and dry acoustic to draw us in; I felt an active part of the events unfolding in front, above and around me. Perhaps the cheers and whoops at the end suggested others...

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Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Quick on the heels of our Shakespeare celebration in East Asia last season, we return with a summer tour of South Korea with the one of the world’s greatest countertenors Andreas Scholl, featuring celebratory music from two of England’s finest exports, Purcell and Handel.

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