We regret to announce that David Daniels has withdrawn from this concert. He has asked us to pass on his sincere apologies.
We are delighted that Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić will take his place. Renata appeared with the AAM and Christopher Hogwood in Handel’s Flavio at the Barbican in 2008, and since then has received considerable acclaim for a range of baroque and classical roles at - among others - Los Angeles Opera, Opera de Lyon and the BBC Proms. Her performance in Handel's Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House was described as 'radiant' by Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times, and she returns to Covent Garden in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro later this year.
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood conductor
Rebecca Bottone Rosmene
Lucy Crowe Clomiri
Renata Pokupić Tirinto
Vittorio Prato Imeneo
Stephan Loges Argenio
Choir of the AAM
Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm
Pre-concert talk with Christopher Hogwood and Catherine Bott.
AAM founder Christopher Hogwood continues his celebrated cycle of Handel operas at the Barbican with a classic but surprising tale of piracy, lost love and a journey to the underworld.
Premiered in 1740, Imeneo was Handel’s “farewell to Italian opera” and contains all the vivid characterisation and drama he had been perfecting over the previous decade. But the work also looks forward to the oratorios to which he would dedicate the rest of his life, anticipating the splendour (and even some of the tunes) of Messiah.
Hogwood, who has directed Brit- and Grammy-Award-winning recordings with the AAM and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost Handel experts, is joined by a celebrated cast.
Listen to Catherine Bott talk to Christopher Hogwood about Handel's Imeneo
'The Barbican was packed, such is the draw of Handel —and of the AAM. No praise can be too high.'
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Part of All classical music events - 2012–2013 season
Part of Barbican Productions 2012–2013
Part of Academy of Ancient Music 2012–2013
Produced by the Barbican in association with AAM