The English Concert Harry Bicket conductor David Daniels Radamisto Patricia Bardon Zenobia Luca Pisaroni Tiridate Elizabeth Watts Tigrane Brenda Rae Polissena Robert Rice Farasmane
For his first ‘Royal Academy’ opera, Handel chose an imposing subject: desire, dictatorship and personal infatuation at the court of the Armenian King Tiridate. After its first airing in London in 1720 the critic Charles Burney described Radamisto as ‘more solid, ingenious and full of fire than any drama which Handel had yet produced in this country.’ But there’s intense subtlety and humanity in Radamisto, too, in the delicate poise of its very personal and artful arias and ensembles. Baroque aficionado Harry Bicket assembles an all-star Handelian cast to join the musicians of the English Concert for this rare performance of the exquisite Radamisto.
Please note that there will be 2 intervals. The concert will finish at approximately 9.45pm
Pre-concert performance 5.15pm, Hall A performance by students from the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (CEMPR) at Birmingham University following a week of masterclasses with Harry Bicket and The English Concert.
Listen to Catherine Bott, countertenor David Daniels and scholar Jonathan Keats explore the rich musical characterisations in Handel’s Radamisto