Schedule

Past Performances

Agrippina

GF Handel

Dramma per musica in three acts (1709)
Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani

Performed in Italian

New Production by Barrie Kosky.

Eric sings the role of Narciso.

In this breathtaking political thriller, Handel’s second composition based on a Nero story and his sixth opera, everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina therefore seizes the moment for Nero, her son from her first marriage, to ascend to the throne. Indeed the librettist Vincenzo Grimani, in ancillary professions also a cardinal and emperor’s ambassador at the Vatican, among other positions, turned his experiences at the court of Pope Clemens XI and his precise knowledge of the Annals of Tacitus and Suetonius’s De vita Caesarum into a libretto that is not only historically precise, but which also twists and turns with the most diverse watershed moments and chicanery surrounding the Vatican throne, so much that, at the end the question here is practically – are there winners, losers and a lieto fine, or happy end, here at all? Director Barrie Kosky sums up: “This opera shows what the best operas are made of – a combination of eroticism and power.”

Cast and Information: https://www.staatsoper.de/en/productioninfo/agrippina.html

July 23, 26, 28, 30
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Saul

GF Handel

Oratorio in three acts
Libretto: Charles Jennens

David returns from the battle bearing the head of the giant Goliath – as a reward, King Saul promises him the hand of his horrified daughter Merab. But when David receives more popular acclaim than the King, Saul is consumed by jealousy. His daughter Michal advises David to soothe the incensed monarch with the calming strains of a harp. But Saul’s rage is merely exacerbated, and he finally casts a spear at David. When he misses, Saul orders his son Jonathan to slay David …

When setting this Old Testament material to music in 1738, George Frideric Handel worked together for the first time with the librettist Charles Jennens, who later on, for example, put together the text for the Messiah. The work was premiered on 16 January 1739 in the King’s Theatre at the Haymarket in London.

Markus Brück Baritone – Saul
Benjamin Hulett Tenor – Jonathan
Eric Jurenas Countertenor – David
Mary Bevan Soprano – Michal
Sophie Bevan Soprano – Merab
Raphael Höhn Tenor – High Priest, Witch of Endor

NDR Chor
Edzard Burchards 
Chorus master

FestspielOrchester Göttingen

Laurence Cummings Harpsichord and conductor

Info: click here

May 17, 18

Rinaldo

GF Handel

Role of Rinaldo

Information and Cast: https://www.theater-wien.at/en/programme-tickets/production/797/Rinaldo

April 27
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Rinaldo

GF Handel

Role of Rinaldo

Information and Cast: http://www.meloman.ru/concert/gendel-rinaldo-2019-04-23/

April 23
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Rinaldo

GF Handel

Role of Rinaldo

Information and Cast: http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/en/spectacles/2019/handel-rinaldo

April 7
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Rinaldo

GF Handel

Role of Rinaldo

Information and Cast: https://www.lesgrandsconcerts.com/concerts/details/1/31-rinaldo-haendel

April 6
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Rinaldo

GF Handel

Role of Rinaldo

Information and Cast: http://www.lequartz.com/Rinaldo-Opera.html

March 22
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Poro

GF Handel

Opera in three acts (1731)
Libretto adapted from Pietro Metastasio

Performed in German

This rarely performed opera features a comeback after 15 years! The grand seigneur of realistic musical theatre is back – and he is fulfilling a long-held dream: Harry Kupfer, who made theatre history here in the Behrenstrasse, presents a fundamental conflict of European modernity with Georg Friedrich Handel’s masterful Baroque opera Poro.

Eric sings the role of Alexander the Great.

Cast and Information: https://www.komische-oper-berlin.de/en/whats-on/a-z/poro/

March 16, 29
April 13, 20
May 4
June 25
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Messiah

GF Handel

Handel’s timeless masterpiece will be presented for the 21st consecutive year in the awe-inspiring majesty of Grace Cathedral. Perennially a sold-out event, audience members from far and wide attend this Bay Area favorite that features the superb American Bach Choir and the period-instrument specialists of ABS in one of their largest configurations, under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas. Additional performance on Saturday December 15 7:00 p.m. at the Green Music Center, Sonoma County

Mary Wilson, soprano; Eric Jurenas, alto; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Jesse Blumberg, bass.

Information: http://americanbach.org/2018-12.html

December 12, 13, 14, 15
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Messiah

GF Handel

This annual tradition will feature the Boston Baroque debut of three artists: soprano Layla Claire, countertenor Eric Jurenas, and tenor Norman Shankle. They are joined by bass-baritone Nathan Stark, alongside the Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Conducted by Martin Pearlman, Music Director.

Information: http://www.bostonbaroque.org/concerts/all-shows

December 7, 8
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