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Muzio Scevola - Acts 2 and 3

Louise Fryer presents Bononcini's Act 2 and Handel's Act 3 from the collaborative opera Muzio Scevola. Part of 2009's complete cycle of Handel's operas.

In conversation with Handel expert Donald Burrows, Louise Fryer explores the competition in 1721 between arch-rivals Handel and Bononcini over who was the best opera composer in London. Along with cellist Filippo Amadei, they were commissioned to each write an act for Muzio Schevola to a libretto set in Ancient Rome.

Filippo Amadei: Cantata: Il Pensiero
Alasdair Elliott (tenor)
Janiculum

Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (highlights from Act 2)
Muzio ...... D'Anna Fortunato (mezzo-soprano)
Clelia ...... Julianne Baird (soprano)
Orazio ...... Erie Mills (soprano)
Irene ...... Jennifer Lane (mezzo-soprano)
Fidalma ...... Andrea Matthews (soprano)
Tarquinio ...... Frederick Urrey (tenor)
Porsenna ...... John Ostendorf (bass)
Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Rudolph Palmer (conductor)

2.35pm
Handel: Muzio Scevola (Act 3)
Muzio ...... D'Anna Fortunato (mezzo-soprano)
Clelia ...... Julianne Baird (soprano)
Orazio ...... Erie Mills (soprano)
Irene ...... Jennifer Lane (mezzo)
Fidalma ...... Andrea Matthews (soprano)
Tarquinio ...... Frederick Urrey (tenor)
Porsenna ...... John Ostendorf (bass)
Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Rudolph Palmer (conductor).

2 hours, 58 minutes

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Thu 19 Mar 2009 14:02

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