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Scipione, Acts 1 and 2

Handel Opera Cycle, Scipione Episode 1 of 2

Duration:
2 hours, 58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 07 May 2009

Penny Gore presents Acts 1 and 2 of Scipione, the story of a conquering Roman general who, instead of exercising his right to possess a beautiful captive - Berenice - ends up helping her to be happy with her lover. This highly moral tale was set to music in rather a hurry by Handel, yet is considered among his most impressive music.

Handel: Scipione: Acts 1 and 2

Scipione ...... Derek Lee Ragin (countertenor)
Berenice ...... Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Lucejo, her lover ...... Doris Lamprecht (mezzo-soprano)
Ernando, her father ...... Olivier Lallouette (baritone)
Armira, another beautiful Spanish captive ...... Vanda Tabery (soprano)
Lelio, Scipione's captain ...... Guy Fletcher (tenor)
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset (conductor).

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