Ormisda (1730): George Frideric Handel and Friends

★★★★ (Opera Settecento at St George’s, Hanover Square, 28 March 2017) I’m running slightly behind on London Handel Festival reports, but didn’t want to forget this remarkable Orsmida, dominated by an absolutely brilliant performance from the talented mezzo Maria Ostroukhova. Like Catone and Elpidia in previous Festivals, Ormisda is a pasticcio, pulled together by Handel using arias from other composers’ … Continue reading Ormisda (1730): George Frideric Handel and Friends

Demetrio (1740): Johann Adolph Hasse

★★★ (Opera Settecento at Cadogan Hall, 21 September 2016) Another long-overdue post finally surfaces from the drafts folder! This time it’s Hasse’s Demetrio, to which I’d been eagerly looking forward. We don’t hear much Hasse in London and Opera Settecento had managed to gather a truly exceptional cast, featuring many of the singers I enthuse about … Continue reading Demetrio (1740): Johann Adolph Hasse