For his first opera at the Royal Academy, Handel chose an imposing subject: desire, dictatorship, and personal infatuation at the court of the Armenian King Tiridate. After its first airing in London in 1720, Radamisto was described by a critic as “more solid, ingenious, and full of fire than any drama which Handel had yet produced in this country.” But there’s intense subtlety and humanity in Radamisto, too, in the delicate poise of its very personal and artful arias and ensembles. Baroque aficionado Harry Bicket assembles an all-star cast to join the musicians of the English Concert for this rare performance of Handel’s exquisite opera.
In UMS’s early history, the concert opera was a standard feature on many UMS seasons. We’re delighted to present this concert version of Radamisto featuring U-M alumnus David Daniels, who has led the resurgence of interest in countertenors over the past two decades. “To say he is the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever, is to understate his achievement. He is simply a great singer.” (The New York Times)