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Achingly Beautiful

Agostino Steffani's 'Orlando Generoso',
experienced by RODERIC DUNNETT

 

Barber Opera has an enviable record. Dating back over fifty years -- it celebrated its half century in 2009 -- it has specialised from the start in Early Opera, and that is where its forte still lies. The tenor Alexander Young, magnificent in his day, sang the title role in their first opera, Handel's Xerxes, in 1959: nowadays we are more used to hearing a mezzo in the role, a development that goes paradoxically together with the blossoming of countertenor soloists. James Bowman was the Giulio Cesare in Barber's later staging...

Copyright © 30 October 2012 Roderic Dunnett,
Coventry UK

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BARBER OPERA

AGOSTINO STEFFANI

ITALY

BIRMINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

NICHOLAS MERRYWEATHER

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