Love and Betrayal


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One of the world’s foremost Baroque ensembles remind us that this music is – consummately – about emotion, with a programme of Handel and Vivaldi aimed straight at the heart.

Under the imaginative direction of Elisa Citterio, the Toronto-based Tafelmusik have built a global reputation for their inimitable flair. They begin with a programme devoted to their instrumental music of the two great composers at their most unashamedly ardent and flamboyant. And then they’re joined by soprano Karina Gauvin – praised by Gramophone for her ‘poise, grace and spirit’ – for a sequence of great operatic arias contrasting love with betrayal, including numbers from Agrippina and Ottone in Villa and the heartrending ‘Scherza infida’.

End-time to be announced nearer the event.


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