Handel & Porpora in London
In 1733 the London operatic scene was dominated by Handel, at the head of the Royal Academy of Music. Wishing to counter this supremacy, a group of London nobles set up the Opera of the Nobility with Nicola Porpora as the musical director, who was considered more modern. During 4 years, the two maestro engage in dazzling musical duel, stimulating them to compose their greatest masterpieces (Polifemo for Porpora, Ariodante for Handel...) and to cast the biggest European stars such as the castrati Carestini, Senesino, Farinelli, or the singer Francesca Cuzzoni. The all-out musical war that waged – more between the two London institutions which went bankrup than between the two composers who admired each other – burns to life once again in this array of rare works selected by musicologist Stefano Aresi. This program gives Giuseppina Bridelli the opportunity to express the extent of her talents as a lyric artist and tragedian.