Mon Aug 5 19:00

Operatic Fluidity: Handel Arias with Arion Baroque

Chamberfest welcomes the return of Montreal’s pioneering period instrument group, Arion Baroque Orchestra, with a program exploring the ‘Operatic Fluidity’ of gender through some of Handel’s most beautiful arias. In Handel’s time, these arias would have been performed by castrati—it was their golden era—but these roles have long-since been assigned to mezzos, contraltos, and tenors, showcasing interesting contrasts and unique colours.

This evening, Arion gives these beloved works a current-day gender shift, illuminating different sides, facets, and faces in Handel’s characters as Amelia Keenan, contralto, and countertenor Ian Sabourin perform roles of the opposite gender.  


George Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)

Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.6: I.
Larghetto affettuoso

Partenope: Furibondo

Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.3

Hercules: Where shall I fly

Semele: Hence, Iris, hence away

Alcina: Overture

Tolomeo: Stille Amare

Alcina: Vorrei vendicarmi

Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.4
Larghetto affetuoso

Rinaldo: Cara Sposa

Salomon: Welcome as the Dawn of Day

Rodelinda: Dove sei

Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.9

Serse: Ombra mai fu

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