A wildly imaginative opera conducted by William Christie
Handel – the "dear Saxon", as he was nicknamed in Italian – dominated the London operatic scene for 22 years. He scored his first major success with Radamisto (1720). Partenope (1730) belongs to his so-called golden age.
The plot tells of the trials, tribulations and inner conflicts of Queen Partenope, the founder of Naples, as she tries to choose a husband from among three rival suitors (Arsace, Emilio and Armindo). The ensuing intrigues, strategies and cases of mistaken identity reveal certain profound truths about love and war. This Baroque comedy (structured like an opera seria) won great acclaim on its first showing at the King’s Theatre.
Though seldom performed, Partenope features captivating music and a charming, wildly imaginative libretto. William Christie will conduct this concert version performed by young singers from his prestigious academy, Le Jardin des Voix. Christie is an authority on Handel and his interpretation of this masterpiece will capture all the hidden allusions and touches of humour while exploiting the dramatic potential of each and every note.
PARADISE: the peace brought by love
Opera in three acts.
Libretto by Silvio Stampiglia.
World premiere: 24/02/1730 at the King’s Theatre, London.
First performance at the Liceu.
- Approximate running time 2h
- Les Arts Florissants
- William Christie
|Partenope||Ana Vieira Leita|
|Armindo||Alberto Miguélez Rouco|
|Rosmira / Eurimene||Helen Charlston|
Winners of the 2021 edition of Le Jardin des Voix (Les Arts Florissants - William Christie)