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Heroes and heroines – great characters whose dramatic fates became the basis for the musical tales of the Baroque era. Full of twists and turns, the often tragic adventures of mythical heroes prompted composers to create music full of tension, suffering, but also joy and hope. Phenomenal arias and duets still remain a challenge for singers – both in terms of singing and acting, also offering instrumentalists a wide field for interpretation.
The music of Georg Friedrich Handel invariably delights with its inexhaustible inventiveness. In beautiful vocal parts, the composer was able to perfectly convey the drama of a breakup (the duet of Floridante and Elmira), the extraordinary bond between mother and son (the duet of Cornelia and Sesto), and all the various shades of love, which may be faithful (the aria of Tolomeo) and a source of true happiness (the duet of Radamisto and Zenobia), but sometimes may also lead to murder and madness (the aria of Dejanira).
Antonio Vivaldi entrusted the singers with parts that were no less moving. Also in his works, faithful love may serve as proof of the hero’s virtue (Griselda) or be the cause of his inglorious deeds (Ottone). The passions depicted with sounds are deeply touching, and the heroes of the story are not always easy to judge from a moral standpoint.
G.F. Haendel – sinfonia from the opera Floridante HWV 14
G.F. Haendel – duet (Floridante and Elmira) Ah mia cara se tu resti from the opera Floridante HWV 14
G.F. Haendel – aria (Tolomeo) Stille amare from the opera Tolomeo, Re d’Egitto HWV 25
G.F. Haendel – aria (Dejanira) Where shall I fly from the opera Hercules HWV 60
G.F. Haendel – duet (Cornelia and Sesto) Son nata a lagrimar from the opera Giulio Cesare HWV 17
A. Vivaldi – sinfonia from the opera L’Olimpiade RV 729
A. Vivaldi – aria (Vagaus) Armatae face et anguibus from the oratorium Juditha triumphans RV 644
A. Vivaldi – aria (Juditha) Agitata infido flatu from the oratorium Juditha triumphans RV 644
A. Vivaldi – aria (Ottone) Vede orgogliosa l’onda from the opera Griselda RV 718
A. Vivaldi – aria (Griselda) Ho il cor già lacero from the opera Griselda RV 718
G.F. Haendel – duet (Radamisto and Zenobia) Non ho più affanni from the opera Radamisto HWV 12b
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ANNA RADZIEJEWSKA
MAREK ZAMOJSKI VIDEO PROJECTIONS
PIOTR RUDZKI LIGHTING DESIGN
ANETA ŁUKASZEWICZ MEZZOSOPRANO
ANNA RADZIEJEWSKA MEZZOSOPRANO
THE PERIOD INSTRUMENTS ENSEMBLE OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPER CAPELLA REGIA POLONA
KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA HARPSICHORD, CONDUCTOR
Duration: 60 mins