Handel’s Radamisto

Handel’s Radamisto

Part of Entertaining Erdington… more events…

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13… more events…

Friday 8th February 2013, 7pm

Town Hall

The English Concert
Harry Bicket conductor
David Daniels Radamisto
Patricia Bardon Zenobia
Luca Pisaroni Tiridate
Elizabeth Watts Tigrane
Brenda Rae Polissena
Robert Rice Farasmane

Handel: Radamisto 196’

The inter-familial complexities of Radamisto’s colourful plot might have you scratching your head, but Handel’s music will never fail to delight in this star-studded performance of the opera by The English Concert. Handel’s expressive and moving arias follow one another in rich profusion and include the famous Ombra cara, considered by some to be the finest of all Handel’s arias and here sung by David Daniels, in the words of The New York Times ‘the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever… simply a great singer’.

5.45pm – Free pre-concert performance by students from the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (CEMPR) at University of Birmingham following a week of masterclasses with Harry Bicket and The English Concert.

Concert performance sung in Italian with English surtitles. http://www.thsh.co.uk

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Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb, SeenandHeard:

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…     “Act I was good, Act II was better, Act III was best. Tigrane had had enough of the machinations of Tiridate and decided to take arms against him with some more sparkling fioratura and belligerence from Watts in S’adopri il braccio armato. Radamisto again swore his ‘heart’s sweet love’ for Zenobia in Dolce bene di quest’alma, in one of Handel’s favourite 12/8 rhythms, although I thought the balance slightly suspect. Tiridate had a final play for Zenobia but the disguised Radamisto intervened, only to blow his cover – death awaited him. His fiery outburst called Tiridate a coward in life and in death. Polissena agreed and in Barbaro partirò turned against her tyrannical spouse; with much colour and a forceful crescendo, Rae rendered a realistic mixture of disgust and angst. She stormed off, head held high! The two introductory horns of Ursula Paludan Monberg and Martin Lawrence heralded the next number and gave it an immediate bounce. Alzo al volo reminded me of the metaphor aria of the huntsman tracking the scent in Giulio Cesare. Tiridate was still chasing Zenobia but his chances of a kill were zero; Pisaroni earned the cheers he got from the audience for his animated line.”     …

 

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Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

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…     “The answer is simple – a couple of hours of splendid music, which I can’t imagine being played and sung better than here. The title role was written for a castrato and Radamisto is almost the personal property of American counter-tenor David Daniels. To hear this burly bearded man emitting a dramatic soprano’s voice was bizarre at first – like an act of operatic ventriloquism – but his artistry is unquestionable as his showpiece aria Perfido immediately revealed. Patricia Bardon (as his wife Zenobia) is almost as remarkable, a real coloratura contralto with fluency and a powerful chest register – a joy to hear.”     …
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