Vivaldi, Handel/ Roberta Invernizzi ****
Wigmore Hall, 21st July 2015
Handel versus Vivaldi, London versus Venice: in an operatic head-to-head, Handel would emerge triumphant for most Baroque buffs. In 1712, Handel conquered the Venetian public with his Agrippina. By the time he arrived in England, Handel had absorbed everything he could learn in Italy, yet his London operas reached a new pinnacle, wowing fickle audiences with their sheer brilliance. La Serenissima’s own Vivaldi usually comes a poor second when considering Baroque opera, yet Milanese soprano Roberta Invernizzi presented an excellent case for the Red Priest in a dazzling Wigmore Hall recital with La Risonanza.
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