”Relevant and effective dramaturgy, constant beauty, excellent direction of actors...first-rate work of Christophe Gayral and his team."Opera Magazine
About Handel’s Radamisto
London’s West End is nowadays all about blockbuster musicals by a few household names, and in many ways that’s nothing new. Back in the 1700s it was dominated by none other than George Frideric Handel, the preeminent musical impresario of his day, notching up 50 operas, and always adapting his music and casting to ensure popular appeal.
Radamisto was a hit upon its 1720 premiere, and went on to even greater success in a 1728 rewrite, which starred Italian castrato Senesino, rumored to be paid the huge sum of £2,000 for the engagement, over $300,000 in today’s money!
As an ‘opera seria,’ Handel focused on giving famed virtuoso singers opportunities to shine via complex showy arias, and for these performances we haven’t skimped on those virtuosos, with star countertenor Iestyn Davies (former star of Farinelli on Broadway), joining us alongside a cast of truly exquisite voices.
We honor Handel’s intended ‘wow factor’ of Radamisto with a new staging by Christophe Gayral, a familiar name in some of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses, giving us a fitting close to our 21/22 season.
HANDEL Radamisto (1728 version)
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