“wonderfully in tune with the fire, fantasy and dancing lightness of the music… ” – Chicago Tribune
With an outstanding cast of soloists, The English Concert makes its Chapel Hill debut in a performance of Handel’s Theodora.
One of the first orchestras dedicated to performing on period instruments, The English Concert has appeared at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the BBC Proms in London’s Barbican Hall.
Artistic Director Harry Bicket leads The English Concert in Memorial Hall as the orchestra performs Handel’s penultimate oratorio, Theodora. Theodora is the deeply moving story of a virtuous woman and of sexual persecution, and features some of Handel’s most beautiful music.
The opera’s enduring success is testament that its subject matter still resonates with audiences well over 250 years after its premiere.
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor & harpsichord
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano (Irene)
Dorothea Röschmann , soprano (Theodora)
David Daniels, countertenor (Didymus)
John Mark Ainsley, tenor (Septimius)
Neal Davies, tenor (Valens)
The Trinity Choir of New York’s Trinity Wall Street Church
Julian Wachner, music director