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HANDEL BERENICE

17th March 2016

THURSDAY 17 MARCH 7PM
St George's, Hanover Square
St George Street
London, W1S 1FX


HANDEL BERENICE HWV38
Opera in tre atti
  

DAVID BATES director

LA NUOVA MUSICA
RODOLPHO RICHTER guest leader

 
BERENICE
CHARLOTTE BEAMENT
soprano
SELENE
EMMA STANNARD
mezzo-soprano
ALESSANDRO
ANAT EDRI
soprano
DEMETRIO
MICHAL CZERNIAWSKI
counter-tenor
ARSACE
TIMOTHY MORGAN
counter-tenor
FABIO
CHRISTOPHER TURNER
tenor
ARISTOBOLO
TIM DICKINSON
bass
 

Berenice was written and performed in 1737, something of an annus horribilis for Handel. With opera finances teetering on the brink from the continued rivalry with the ‘opera of the nobility’, Handel worked himself so hard that he had a stroke and had to hand over the direction of Berenice to John Christopher Smith. The opera centres on Berenice, Queen of Egypt. The Roman Empire sends Alessandro, a Romanised Egyptian prince, to marry Berenice; Alessandro (the prince) is keen, but Berenice is unimpressed. She has her sights on the Macedonian prince Demetrio. But he loves Berenice’s sister Selene, and plots to put her on the throne in place of Berenice.
After many complications and plot-twists, Alessandro’s dignity and magnanimity win Berenice’s love; she gives up Demetrio to Selene and everyone lives happily ever after. Although rarely performed, Berenice, as the Earl of Shaftesbury said at the time, contains music which ‘may properly be call’d sublime.’


This will be a concert performance.

Timing:
Part one 52 mins 
Interval 20 mins
Part two 45 mins 
Break 10 mins
Part three 45 mins

 
We welcome back La Nuova Musica to the Festival.
www.lanuovamusica.co.uk
 
TICKETS: £45, £40, £35, £30, £32, £12, £10
reserved seating


GENERAL BOOKING INFORMATION:
12 JANUARY - online booking for members of the
HANDEL SUPPORTERS only.
19 JANUARY - online booking for everyone else.
21 JANUARY - telephone booking for everyone else -
01460 54660.
 
To book ONLINE please click on the button in the top right hand corner of the website. This will take you to the Booking section. Events will appear there when they are open to booking and not before.
 
Box office hours: 
10am-12.30pm and 2-4pm - Monday to Friday.
During the Festival the box office is open from 10am to 2pm - Monday to Friday. You can also contact us by email on londonhandelfestival@gmail.com
 
Buying tickets on the door - the box office will be open at the concert venue from 3/4 hour before the start. There is generally no need to buy in advance for the Lunchtime Series.
 
For the concerts at St John's, Smith Square and Wigmore Hall please see the relevant concert pages for details.
 
DAVID BATES
LA NUOVA MUSICA
CHARLOTTE BEAMENT
CHARLOTTE BEAMENT
EMMA STANNARD
EMMA STANNARD
ANAT EDRI
ANAT EDRI
MICHAL CZERNIAWSKI
MICHAL CZERNIAWSKI
TIMOTHY MORGAN
TIMOTHY MORGAN
CHRISTOPHER TURNER
CHRISTOPHER TURNER
TIM DICKINSON
TIM DICKINSON

Past Events

FARAMONDO 21st March 2017 More Details
FARAMONDO 20th March 2017 More Details
COME AND SING 18th March 2017 More Details
HANDEL MESSIAH 1st December 2016 More Details
CHANDOS 300 7th April 2016 More Details
HSC FINAL 4th April 2016 More Details
HANDEL ELPIDIA 31st March 2016 More Details
MUSICA DA CAMERA 23rd March 2016 More Details
HANDEL BERENICE 17th March 2016 More Details
YOUTHFUL MASTERY 11th March 2016 More Details
RCM BAROQUE 9th March 2016 More Details
MISSA ROMANA 17th April 2015 More Details
ROMAN CANTATAS 16th April 2015 More Details
SING MESSIAH 28th March 2015 More Details
DIE TAGESZEITEN 19th March 2015 More Details
HANDEL SEMELE 10th March 2015 More Details

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Ilminster,
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