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Opera Settecento Fair Oriana © Igor Ripak

Resonanzen: Fair Oriana


Sunday 21 January 2024



Fair Oriana

Lucinda Cox, Sopran

Penelope Appleyard, Sopran

Leo Duarte, Oboe, Traverso

Jonatan Bougt, Theorbe

Harry Buckoke, Viola da gamba

David Wright, Cembalo

Tim Vaughan, Erzähler


»Amor's Tellings«

Henry Purcell

Fairest Isle (King Arthur, or The British Worthy Z 628) (1691)

See, even night herself is here (The Fairy-Queen Z 629) (1692)

John Banister

Go thy way, why shouldst thou stay? (The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle)

Johann Christoph Pepusch

Farewell Venus, welcome pleasure (Venus und Adonis)

Carl Friedrich Abel

3. Satz: Vivace (Suite D-Dur für Viola da Gamba)

Georg Friedrich Händel

There in my myrtle shades (Hercules HWV 60) (1744)

John Eccles

Hither turn thee (The judgement of Paris)

Robert Valentine

Grave, Allegro und Andante (Sonata prima F-Dur für Oboe und Basso continuo)

Owain Park

Midnight poem (2020)


William Croft

Ground (Suite c-moll für Cembalo solo)

Henry Purcell

O let me ever, ever weep (The Fairy-Queen Z 629) (1689)

If love's a sweet passion (The Fairy-Queen Z 629) (1692)

With drooping wings (Dido and Aeneas Z 626) (Bearbeitung: Fair Oriana) (1689)

Thomas Arne

The glitt'ring sun

The lark

Georg Friedrich Händel

As steals the morn (L'Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato HWV 55) (1740)



Henry Purcell

Now that the sun. Evening Hymn Z 193 (1688)


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Festival Resonanzen »Die Planeten«

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Venus: Cupid's Tellings

At the center of their »Resonanzen« guest performance, the two singers Penelope Appleyard and Lucinda Cox place Cupid, who entertains us with stories about his beloved mother Venus. His stories reveal parallels between the planet and the goddess Venus. For example, they are both superficially beautiful and seductive, but in reality the atmosphere is inhospitable and dangerous. The two singers explore states of mind and soul in which love is put to the test. The duo touch on realms of dreams, grief and loss, unrequited love, pure ecstasy and sheer madness. What hope do we mere mortals have when we fall into the gravitational field of Venus and Cupid?

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