Tag Archives: Handel

All that glitters: Miskimmon’s hyperactive Semele opens Garsington’s season

Handel: Semele *** Garsington Opera, 1st June 2017 “Endless pleasure” could almost be the anthem of opera festivals up and down the country, accompanied by images of long interval picnics and rolling lawns basking beneath golden late afternoon sun. Garsington … Continue reading

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Biblical spectacle: an eye-popping, heart-stopping Saul for Glyndebourne’s Tour

Handel: Saul **** Glyndebourne on Tour, 27th October 2015 I admit to having been one of the doubters. When the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival programme was announced, my eyebrows drifted heavenward at the inclusion of Handel’s Saul. Why stage an oratorio when … Continue reading

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Handel vs Vivaldi: Roberta Invernizzi dazzles in Baroque battle at Wigmore Hall

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 … Continue reading

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In the eye of the Baroque storm: Blandine Staskiewicz

Tempesta: Blandine Staskiewicz (Glossa) Les Ambassadeurs/ Alexis Kossenko I first heard Blandine Staskiewicz about a decade ago, as a breathy – and sometimes breathless – Medoro on Jean-Christophe’s star-studded recording of Orlando furioso. “Rompo i ceppi” was one of the … Continue reading

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