11 December 2021, Saturday
Time 19:00
The Royal Castle in Warsaw


The famous Italian castrato Senesino, or rather Francesco Bernardi, took by storm the operatic stages in the first half of the 18th century. He performed in the most important theaters in his home country – including Venice, Bologna, Rome, Ferrara, Florence, and Naples. His famously daunting and difficult character did not prevent him from developing his career also abroad. Known for his strong and clear voice, he was famous for his perfect intonation, excellent acting and sublime musical taste.

Bernardi’s extraordinary artistic talent and outstanding skills inspired leading composers who wrote demanding vocal parts especially for him. Among the artists enchanted with Senesino’s voice was, for instance, Georg Friedrich Handel, in whose operas the singer played as many as twenty roles, including works such as Giulio Cesare or Rodelinda. He also dazzled the audience in parts created by Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti and Giovanni Battista Bononcini. His last stage appearance known today was the performance of Il triomfo di Camilla by Nicola Porpora, which took place in S. Carlo in 1740. Although only accounts of this extraordinary performer have survived to this day, thankfully we can still experience the works created for him performed by outstanding contemporary musicians.

During the concert, baroque arias will be interpreted by one of the most prominent countertenors of the young generation – Rafał Tomkiewicz. He will be accompanied by the Period Instruments Ensemble of the Polish Royal Opera Capella Regia Polona, led by maestro Krzysztof Garstka at the harpsichord.



G.F. Haendel – Ouverture from the opera Giulio Cesare, HWV 17

G.F. Haendel – Aria (Julius Caesar) Empio diro tu sei from Act I of the opera Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
N. Porpora – Aria (Turno) Va per le vene il sangue from Act II of the opera Il Trionfo di Camilla
G. Bononcini – Aria (Muzio Scevola) Tigre piagata from Act II of the opera Muzio Scevola, HWV 13

A. Corelli – Concero grosso op. 6 nr 4

A. Scarlatti – Aria (Lotario) Aure voi che sussurando from Act II of the opera Carlo Re d’Allemagna
A. Lotti – Aria (Ottone) Discordi pensieri from Act III of the opera Teofane

G. F. Haendel – Concerto grosso op. 6 nr 4

G.F. Haendel – Recitative and aria (Bertarido) Pompe vane di morte… Dove sei from Act I of the opera Rodelinda, HWV 19
G.F. Haendel – Aria (Bertarido) Vivi tiranno from Act III of the opera Rodelinda, HWV 17








Duration: approx. 1 h 10 mins
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.

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