Handel's 'Partenope' from San Francisco Opera

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Act I from Partenope at San Francisco Opera House (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Saturday at 1 pm, join us as we broadcast San Francisco’s Opera’s 2014 performance of George Frideric Handel's Partenope, using director Christopher Alden’s famed production inspired by 1920's Paris and Man Ray's surrealist imagery.

This opera was Handel’s first comedic work, yet it does adhere to his usual dramatic style. It tells the story of Queen Partenope of Naples, and her three lovers, one of whom she must choose to marry. There is Arsace, the archetypical Prince Charming, Emilio, who is of a rival city, and Armindo, a sensitive young man. To complicate things, Rosmira, the scorned lover of Arsace, arrives to Naples disguised as a man so that she may confront Arsace about their past.

Soprano Danielle de Niese stars as Partenope, opposite countertenor David Daniels who performs as Arsace. Grammy-nominated conductor (from Trinity Church Wall Street) Julian Wachner leads the cast and orchestra.

Cast:

Partenope – Danielle de Niese
Rosmira – Daniela Mack
Arsace – David Daniels
Emilio – Alek Shrader
Armindo – Anthony Roth Costanzo
Ormonte – Philippe Sly

Production Team:

Conductor – Julian Wachner
Director – Christopher Alden
Set Designer – Andrew Lieberman
Costume Designer – Jon Morrell
Lighting Designer – Adam Silverman
Associate Lighting Designer – Gary Marder

Here is a preview of what you can expect:

 

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