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Radamisto

George Frideric Handel

A Handelian ode to conjugal love brought to a climax by the magnificent couple Philippe Jaroussky and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Philippe Jaroussky Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Philippe Jaroussky Marie-Nicole Lemieux - DR
Francesco Corti
Francesco Corti - DR

Cast

Philippe Jaroussky | Radamisto
Marie-Nicole Lemieux | Zenobia
Emőke Baráth | Polissena
Zachary Wilder | Tiridate
Renato Dolcini | Farasmane
Anna Bonitatibus | Tigrane
Alicia Amo | Fraarte

Francesco Corti | direction
Il Pomo d'Oro 

Sung in Italian, with French and English subtitles

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The first opera composed for the Royal Academy of Music in London, Radamisto marked the starting point for Handel of a formidable adventure that would last fifteen years. The work also has the distinction of having had two premieres in 1720, in the spring with the soprano Margherita Durastanti in the title role, who was to become one of Handel's most loyal followers, and in December with the countertenor Senesino, which obliged Handel to completely rework the tessitura of several roles. As with many works of this Baroque period, Radamisto, a great success performed several times by Handel in the 1720s, was played as a sleeping beauty before its revival in the 20th century. The intensity of the dramatic situations and the quality of the score, both in its musical and vocal sections, now place it in the court of the great Handelian opuses.

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