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 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.
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.
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