HANDEL Amadigi di Gaula
This performance will last approximately 100 minutes, without intermission.
Richard Egarr, conductor
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor (Amadigi)
Deanna Breiwick, soprano (Oriana)
Nicole Heaston, soprano (Melissa)
Briana Hunter, mezzo-soprano (Dardano)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Louisa Muller, stage director
Christelle Matou, costume designer
Ian Winters, projection designer
Thursday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. *Opening Night Gala Performance*
Friday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.
Taube Atrium Theater, Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Sorcery, jealous rages, desire, and hellish Demons all come into play in Handel’s opera Amadigi di Gaula. This compact, taut drama is a vehicle for Handel to do what he did best: exploring the emotions of his characters, from love to suffering—reflecting on sentiment in a way perhaps deeper than in any of his other operas. In this composition he conjures a surprising sound world with star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo here in the title role. Handel also makes prominent use of wind instruments, which make the music unusually colorful, befitting this story which explores the full gamut of human emotion.
Amadigi di Gaula is a co-production between Boston Baroque and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chrorale.
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The program notes for this performance will be available here one week before the first performance.