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Academy of Ancient Music

Academy of Ancient Music – Handel’s Heroines

Thursday 12th March 2020 | 7:30pm

Venue: West Road Concert Hall

Few composers faced feistier sopranos than Handel, nor wrote for them with such love and understanding, celebrating their voices in some of the most dazzling operatic arias ever written.

From Handel’s exhilarating Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to the meltingly lovely ‘Lascia la spina’ and Semele’s outrageous display of virtuosity, ‘Myself I shall adore’ this is a concert of high-wire musical thrills and heart-stopping emotions.

Celebrated Handelian Laurence Cummings brings his unmistakable flair and zest to a programme that roams through the composer’s best-loved operas and oratorios, including Serse, Ariodante, Rinaldo,and Semele, setting their finest arias and duets alongside some of the composer’s characterful works for orchestra.

Bringing glittering coloratura brilliance and lyrical ease to Handel’s melodies, sopranos Mary Bevan and Jennifer France join Cummings and the AAM as soloists for what promises to be a joyous evening of music-making.


Handel ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ from Solomon, HWV67
Handel ‘Volate, amori’ from Ariodante
Handel ‘Dolce riposo ed inoccente pace’ from Teseo
Handel ‘Felicissima quest’alma’ from Apollo & Daphne, HWV122
Handel Suite of dances from Ariodante, HWV33
Handel ‘Lasica la spina cogli la rosa’ from Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.2 in B-flat Major HWV313
Handel ‘Will the sun forget to streak’ from Solomon, HWV67

Ticket and Booking Information

£35, £27, £16, AAMplify students £5
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