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Little-known Handel opera to be unveiled at concert

A rare Handel opera, performed just twice in the UK since it was written in 1734, forms part of the celebrations honouring Handel on the 250th anniversary of his death.

A rare Handel opera, performed just twice in the UK since it was written in 1734, forms part of the celebrations honouring Handel on the 250th anniversary of his death.

The composer’s little known masterpiece Arianna in Creta will be performed at Town Hall, Birmingham, on May 13 as part of a short UK tour by the Academy of Ancient Music and its Emeritus Director Christopher Hogwood, concluding their three-year Handel opera series.

Arianna has been performed just twice in the UK before the current tour since it was written and premiered in the 1730s in London. It is the final instalment in the AAM’s three-year journey through Handel’s operatic career.

The project began in 2007 with Amadigi di Gaula (written in the 1710s) and continued last year with Flavio, Re di Longobardi (1720s).

The AAM will perform with a cast starring Kristina Hammarström (Teseo), Sonia Prina (Carilda) and Marina de Liso (Tauride) using a specially-prepared, new edition based on the version of the opera originally performed at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket in January 1734.

A noted scholar as well as a conductor, Hogwood is curating Handel Reveal’d, a keynote exhibition exploring the composer’s finances, his love of food, his health and other areas of his personal life, which opened on April 8 at London’s Handel House Museum.

His appearances with the AAM come hot on the heels of a seven-performance run of Acis and Galatea at the Royal Opera House.

* Handel’s Arianna in Creta is at Town Hall Birmingham on Wed 13 May. Tickets, from £5 to £30, are available from the box office on 0121 780 3333 or on-line at www.thsh.co.uk.

 

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