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Philharmonia Baroque: Heroic Theseus

April 14, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

Heroic Theseus


Amanda Forsythe

Nicholas McGeganconductor

Amanda Forsythesoprano (Teseo)
Dominique Labellesoprano (Medea)
Amy Frestonsoprano (Agilea)
Céline Riccisoprano (Clizia)
Robin Blazecountertenor (Arcane)
Drew Mintercountertenor (Egeo)
Jeffrey Fields, baritone (Priest of Minerva)
Jonathan Smucker, tenor

Mythology’s most feared sorceress didn’t just fade into history after killing her own children and cursing her adulterous husband Jason. Medea resurfaces in Athens under the protection of King Egeo who has also promised to marry her. Unable to escape her past, her descent into madness is quickened when she falls in love with Egeo’s rival, a dashing young general who turns out to be his illegitmate son, Teseo (mythical hero Theseus). While Medea pines for Teseo, the King sets his sights on his own young ward, Agilea, the object of Teseo’s affection. What could possibly go wrong?

Handel’s third opera for the London stage showcases Dominique Labelle in a rare villainess role and the rising star of the early music world Amanda Forsythe in her Philharmonia Baroque debut as the heroic Teseo. Nicholas McGegan leads the all treble cast (sopranos, altos and countertenors), closing a brilliant season with one of Handel’s rarest of gems.
HANDEL   Teseo, HWV 9
sung in Italian with English translation provided

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm (3:15 pm on Sunday, April 14)


April 14, 2013
4:00 pm
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First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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