Investec International Music Festival: Handel Arias and Duets

Sarah Connolly and Rosemary Joshua are two of this country’s most eminent Handelians and, with Harry Bicket in his element, they capture the very essence of Handel’s dramatic world through the medium of these miniature masterpieces.

Harry Bicket director/harpsichord
Rosemary Joshua soprano
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano

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

Agrippina No, no ch’io non apprezzo
AriodanteDopo notte, and Bramo aver mille vite
SolomonWelcome as the dawn of day
TheodoraTo thee, the glorious son of worth, and Streams of pleasure ever flowing
SosarmePer le porte del tormento

Duets are somewhat of a rarity in Handel’s stage works since the action is, for the most part, developed through the solo aria. But ever the dramatist, Handel seizes the opportunity to combine protagonists to highlight pivotal moments of the plot or emphasise emotion, often resulting in the most impassioned expressions of love. Thus in Handel’s first opera Agrippina, and in Ariodante some 25 years later, the duets stand as declarations of true love in the midst of betrayal, revenge and intrigue.

Sarah Connolly and Rosemary Joshua are two of this country’s most eminent Handelians and, with Harry Bicket in his element, they capture the very essence of Handel’s dramatic world through the medium of these miniature masterpieces.

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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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Soloist

Rosemary Joshua was born in Cardiff and studied at the Welsh College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. Highlights this season and beyond include Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach's St John's Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, and tours singing Nitocris in...

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