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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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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Wigmore Hall, London

All three are based on the favourite chorale of the time, Veni redemptor gentium (as translated by Luther). Despite the chorale’s medieval origins, BWV 61 shows the influence of the avant-garde French Ouverture. In BWV 62 he turns to Vivaldian concerti for inspiration, while in BWV 36 the ancient tune is knitted into the very genetic heart of the music. In each case the results are joyous in their...

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St John's Smith Square, London

His skilful crafting of the Messa per il Santíssimo Natale, with double choirs and such variety of colour and texture, is enough to leave us searching the archives for even more treasures.The English ConcertChoir of The English ConcertLaurence Cummings director/organCecilia Osmond sopranoRebecca Outram sopranoHelen Charlston altoNick Pritchard tenorMarcus Farnsworth baritoneScarlatti Messa per il...

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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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