The Queens of Haendel

Artistic Direction: Gabriel Bebeșelea

Soprano: Rodica Vica

Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Shebe, HWV67
Alessandro: Rossana’s Aria “Brilla nell’alma”, HWV21
Giulio Cesare: Overture, HWV 17
Giulio Cesare: Cleopatra’s Aria “Piangero la sorte mia”, HWV 17

Arminio: Overture, Menuet, HWV 36

Almira: Sarabande in G minor, HWV 1
Giulio Cesare: Cleopatra’s Aria “Da tempeste”, HWV 17

Alcina: Overture, Musette, Menuet, HWV34
Siroe: Laodice’s Aria “Torrente cresciuto”, HWV 24
Athalia: Overture, HWV 52
Rodelinda: Rodelinda’s Aria “Spietati, io vi giurai”, HWV 19

Amadigi di Gaula: Overture, Gavotta, HWV11
Admeto: Sinfonia Atto II, HWV 22
Tamerlano: Asteria’s Aria “Deh, lasciatemi”, HWV 18 Ariodante: Overture, HWV 33
Alessandro: Lisaura’s Aria “No, più soffrir non voglio”, HWV 21

LENGTH

+/- 90 minutes

PERFORMERS: 21 musicians

TIMEFRAME

Season 2018 - 2021

The King of Baroque opera! The greater part of Georg Friedrich Händel’s working life was devoted to composing and performing operas and his best works are now in the repertories of opera houses all over the world. In The Queens of Händel, Musica Ricercata draws upon the many queens who grace Händel’s operas, Rodica Vica taking the roles of many Händelian queens - Cleopatra, Rossana, Laodice and Lisaura, among them - leading audiences from Händel’s first opera Almira, Queen of Castile through the period in the composer’s career, when he was writing for magnificent and tempestuous divas such as Francesca Cuzzoni and Anna Maria Strada del Pòin the 1720s and 1730s.

From cantabile arias to vocal pyrotechnics, Händel writes for the voice with an irresistible sense of dram and this programme, Musica Ricercata invites audiences to rediscover some of his masterpieces, carried by Rodica Vica’s leading voice.

Photo: Nela&Tiberiu Photography

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