Handel’s Radamisto

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 4:00 pm
Hill Auditorium

What will you hear? A concert opera featuring Handel’s Radamisto with countertenor David Daniels in the title role.

For his first opera at the Royal Academy, Handel chose an imposing subject: desire, dictatorship, and personal infatuation at the court of the Armenian King Tiridate. After its first airing in London in 1720,Radamisto was described by a critic as “more solid, ingenious, and full of fire than any drama which Handel had yet produced in this country.” But there’s intense subtlety and humanity in Radamisto, too, in the delicate poise of its very personal and artful arias and ensembles. Baroque aficionado Harry Bicket assembles an all-star cast to join the musicians of the English Concert for this rare performance of Handel’s exquisite opera.

In UMS’s early history, the concert opera was a standard feature on many UMS seasons. We’re delighted to present this concert version of Radamisto featuring U-M alumnus David Daniels, who has led the resurgence of interest in countertenors over the past two decades. “To say he is the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever, is to understate his achievement. He is simply a great singer.” (The New York Times)

Program Book [PDF]

Show notes:
3 hours and 15 minutes, with two intermissions.
Performed in Italian with simultaneous translation.

Also see:
David Daniels website

Widely considered as one of the top countertenors in the world, David Daniels returns to U-M, where he earned his master’s degree studying with George Shirley. A regular performer in opera houses such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera, Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty. This performance is his 12th UMS appearance. Daniels last performed during the 2003-2004 season.

The English Concert was founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1973. The orchestra chose Harry Bicket to be its Artistic Director in 2007, and he has since led the orchestra in tours to Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Bicket is renowned internationally for his work in opera with the finest singers of the age, and English Concert collaborators in performance and recording include Ian Bostridge, Vesselina Kasarova, David Daniels, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts, Daniele de Niese, Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly. The English Concert works with several distinguished guest directors, including oboist Alfredo Bernardini, violinist Fabio Biondi and harpsichordists Laurence Cummings, Kenneth Weiss and Mahan Esfahani.

UMS welcomes The English Concert and Harry Bicket for this UMS debut performance.

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