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Focus on Amadigi

14 Apr 2021

News Story

This Friday, English Touring Opera’s digital season continues with a week-long focus on Handel’s Amadigi.

Amadigi, Handel’s 1715 “Magic Opera” emulates the twists and turns of youthful love. ETO have picked seven of our favourite arias to bring to our audience on ETO at Home.

Released over the course of a week, the seven films capture the Old Street Band and selected soloists performing in the spectacular Stone Nest in London’s West End.

Jonathan Peter Kenny conducts ETO’s resident period orchestra.

Alongside the performances, viewers can hear ETO artists and expert Handelians discuss the music in pre- and post-show conversations.


Friday 16 April, 7.30pm - Io godo, scherzo e rido (I laugh to see your Sorrow)
Aria of Melissa, the enchantress, from Act 1
Soloist: Jenny Stafford

Pre-show talk: Join at 7pm to hear director James Conway in discussion with the reunited cast of his acclaimed 1996 production of Amadigi (via ETO at Home).

Saturday 17 April, 7.30pm - Ah! Spietato, e non ti muove (Ruthless man! Are you not moved?)
Aria of Melissa, the enchantress, from Act 1
Soloist: Francesca Chiejina

Sunday 18 April, 7.30pm - Sussurrate, onde vezzose (Whisper, gentle waves)
Arioso of Amadigi from Act 2
Soloist: James Lang

Monday 19 April, 7.30pm - Sinfonia and Tu mia speranza (Old Street Band only)
The Old Street Band are showcased without a singer

Tuesday 20 April, 7.30pm - Pena tiranna io sento al core (My heart is all pain)
Aria of Dardano from Act 2
Soloist: Rebecca Afonwy-Jones

Wednesday 21 April, 7.30pm - Non sa temere questo il mio petto (My spirit is fearless)
Aria of Amadigi from Act 1
Soloist: James Laing

Thursday 22 April, 7.30pm - S'estinto e l'idol mio (If my beloved is lifeless)
Aria of Oriana from Act 2
Soloist: Harriet Eyley

Friday 23 April, 7.30pm - Destero dall'empia Dite - (Furies, rise and fight them)
Aria of Melissa from Act 2
Soloist: Jenny Stafford

Saturday 24 April
Join on ETO at Home for Director James Conway in discussion with Jonathan Keates (author of Handel: The Man and His Music). Make sure you are subscribed to ETO's mailing list for further details.