Handel's Heroines

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Handel's Heroines

Few composers faced feistier sopranos than Handel, nor wrote for them with such love and understanding, celebrating their voices in some of the most dazzling operatic arias ever written.

From Handel’s exhilarating Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to the meltingly lovely ‘Lascia la spina’ and Semele’s outrageous display of virtuosity, ‘Myself I shall adore’ this is a concert of high-wire musical thrills and heart-stopping emotions.

Celebrated Handelian Laurence Cummings brings his unmistakable flair and zest to a programme that roams through the composer’s best-loved operas and oratorios, including Serse, Ariodante, Rinaldo, Semele, setting their finest arias and duets alongside some of the composer’s characterful works for orchestra.

Bringing glittering coloratura brilliance and lyrical ease to Handel’s melodies, sopranos Mary Bevan and Jennifer France join Cummings and the AAM as soloists for what promises to be a joyous evening of music-making.

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Mary Bevan — Soprano
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Jennifer France — Soprano
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Laurence Cummings — Director/Harpsichord
Concert details
Handel 'The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' from Solomon, HWV67
Handel 'Volate, amori' from Ariodante
Handel 'Dolce riposo ed inoccente pace' from Teseo
Handel 'Felicissima quest'alma' from Apollo & Daphne, HWV122
Handel Suite of dances from Ariodante, HWV33
Handel 'Lasica la spina cogli la rosa' from Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.2 in B-flat Major HWV313
Handel 'Will the sun forget to streak' from Solomon, HWV67
Mary Bevan Soprano
Jennifer France Soprano
Laurence Cummings Director/ Harpsichord
Academy of Ancient Music
Concert dates
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thursday, 12 March 2020 | 7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Thursday, 19 March 2020 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 - £35 plus booking fee
Box office: 020 7638 8891
Malvern Theatres, Malvern
Saturday, 21 March 2020 | 7.30pm
Box office: 01684 892277