• Monday, Jan 14, 2013

    Harry Bicket and The English Concert Perform Handel's Radamisto in Concert at Carnegie Hall, February 24

    Countertenor David Daniels Performs the Title Role alongside Sopranos Brenda Rae (Polissena) and Joélle Harvey (Tigrane), Mezzo-Soprano Patricia Bardon (Zenobia),Baritone David Kravitz (Farasmane), and Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni (Tiridate)
    Image of Harry Bicket © Richard Haughton
    On Sunday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m., Harry Bicket conducts Handel’s Radamisto, the first of three Handel operas or oratorios, one each year through the 2014–2015 season, to be performed in concert at Carnegie Hall by acclaimed baroque orchestra The English Concert. Celebrated countertenor David Daniels, in the title role, leads a renowned cast including sopranos Brenda Rae (Polissena) and Joélle Harvey (Tigrane), mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon (Zenobia), bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (Tiridate), and baritone David Kravitz (Farasmane). Benjamin Sosland of The Juilliard School leads a pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m.

    Handel’s 1720 opera, Radamisto, was his first for The Royal Academy of Music. Following the success of its premiere at King’s Theatre, the piece underwent a series of revisions resulting from Handel’s desire to adapt the score to the strengths of singers in subsequent performances. Set in Armenia, where King Tiridate is plotting to attack the kingdom of Thrace, Handel’s opera of love, revenge, and fidelity tells the story of the Thracian ruler, Farasmane, who has pledged his daughter Polissena in marriage to Tiridate. Tiridate develops another plan when he instead falls in love with Zenobia, the wife of Farasmane's son, Radamisto. Furthermore, one of Tiridate's allies, Tigrane, falls in love with Polissena. When Radamisto is besieged in battle, Zenobia opts to commit suicide rather than bring shame to her husband. She is discovered and rescued by the Armenians, in whose camp Radamisto, in disguise, finds her. With the help of the king's brother, Tiridate's plan to wed Zenobia ultimately fails, and husband and wife are united.

    About The Artists
    Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He became artistic director of The English Concert in 2007. Highlights of recent seasons include guest conducting with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra as well as critically-acclaimed opera productions for the Chicago Lyric Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Liceu Barcelona, Theater an der Wien, and Atlanta Opera. Mr. Bicket has appeared at major US festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen, and Santa Fe. His discography includes releases with Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a Handel duets disc with Sarah Connolly and Rosemary Joshua, and Bach arias and cantatas with Elizabeth Watts and The English Concert.

    Created by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, The English Concert chose Harry Bicket to be its artistic director in 2007, and he has since led the orchestra in tours to Europe, the US, and the Middle East. The English Concert has collaborated in performance and on record with such artists as Ian Bostridge, Vesselina Kasarova, David Daniels, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts, and Daniele de Niese. Recent highlights include European and US tours with Alice Coote, Sara Mingardo, and Anna Caterina Antonacci, a return to the Barbican Hall Great Performers series in London, Handel’s Samson at the 2009 BBC Proms with Mark Padmore in the title role, residencies at the Victoria & Albert and Handel House museums, recordings with oboist Albrecht Mayer and recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger, and the English Concert Master Class for young harpsichordist-directors at the Foundling Museum. The English Concert's discography includes more than 100 recordings with Trevor Pinnock for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv, and a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Harmonia Mundi with violinist Andrew Manze. Their recordings with Harry Bicket—Bach arias with David Daniels, Handel Duets with Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly, and Bach Arias and Cantatas with Elizabeth Watts—have been widely praised.

    Program Information
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Harry Bicket, Conductor
    David Daniels, Countertenor (Radamisto)
    Brenda Rae, Soprano (Polissena)
    Joélle Harvey, Soprano (Tigrane)
    Patricia Bardon, Mezzo-Soprano (Zenobia)
    Luca Pisaroni, Bass-Baritone (Tiridate)
    David Kravitz, Baritone (Farasmane)

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Radamisto (Concert Performance)

    Pre-concert talk begins at 1 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Benjamin Sosland, The Juilliard School

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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