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Mr Handel’s Scholars

Mr Handel’s Scholars

Erica Eloff – soprano
Caitlin Hulcup – mezzo-soprano
Alexander Sprague – tenor
Lisandro Abadie – bass-baritone

Laurence Cummings conductor
London Handel Orchestra

Handel was known to encourage young singers, many of whom became his star soloists and were known as ‘Mr Handel’s Scholars’. We continue his great tradition of nurturing young talent through our annual Handel Singing Competition, which is now in its 19th year. This concert is an opportunity to celebrate the success of the competition and to hear four past finalists who have gone on to major international careers. This year, in keeping with our ‘Handel and the Hanoverians’ theme, we have selected arias from three popular operas when Handel’s Royal Academy of Music, with George I as its patron, was at the height of its success in the 1720s (Giulio Cesare, Siroe and Rodelinda) alongside works taken from his lesser-known wedding anthems written for two of the royal children.  A full list of items to be performed can be found below.

Pre-performance talk (free admission with concert ticket) 6.30 – 7.15pm: one of the world’s leading Handel scholars, Professor Donald Burrows will talk about the relationship between Handel and his Hanoverian patrons.

Rodelinda HWV 19
Overture
Dove sei
Prigioniera ho l’alma & Tra sospetti
Ritorna o Caro
Io t’abbraccio

Giulio Cesare HWV 17
Tu sei il cor
Sveglatiavi nel core

Siroe HWV 24
Overture
Gelido, in ogni vena

Wedding Anthems HWV 262 & 263
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine
Strength and honour are her clothing

Sono liete, fortunate HWV 194

Please note that programme items are subject to change

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