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The Triumph of Time and Truth HWV 71

The Triumph of Time and Truth HWV 71

Tuesday 17 March 7pm
St George’s, Hanover Square

The Triumph of Time and Truth HWV 71

Handel wrote his oratorio Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno HWV 46a in 1707 which he then went on to revise and expand in 1737. Fifty years after the first version, he was not writing any new music on account of his failing eyesight, but he decided to rework the previous two versions and produce a new English language account The Triumph of Time and Truth HWV 71 in 1757. Handel presents an allegorical narrative, with the usual dramatic twists and turns, in which Time, Counsel, Deceit (newly added in 1757) and Pleasure compete for the loyalty of Beauty. This is Handel at his most mature and confident, combining rousing choruses, beguiling aria and colourful orchestral writing. We are thrilled to present this rarely performed work with an exceptional line-up of soloists, including three past winners of the Handel Singing Competition.

Beauty – Sophie Junker (soprano)
Deceit – Joanne Lunn (soprano)
Counsel, or Truth – Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano)
Pleasure – William Wallace (tenor)
Time – Timothy Nelson (baritone)

Laurence Cummings conductor
London Handel Orchestra
London Handel Singers

This performance is accompanied by a pre-performance talk by Katie Hawks (free admission with concert ticket) from 6 – 6.30pm

The London Handel Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Admiral Byng campaign for this performance.  For further details of their work, please click visit their website –  https://www.admiralbyng.org  (note that the London Handel Festival is not responsible for the content of external websites)

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