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Handel’s London: Dueling Divas

October 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Handel’s London: Dueling Divas

Mountainside Baroque’s new season will lead off with a program entitled “Handel’s Dueling Divas.” In 1719, Handel helped organized the Royal Academy of Music which performed a great number of his dramatic works. Several years after the Academy’s founding, Handel imported as his leading lady the famous soprano Francesca Cuzzoni. In a continuing search for the greatest singers of the time, Handel later brought in mezzo-soprano and virtuosa Faustina Bordoni. As singers of equal stature, a rivalry for the ages was born between these two renowned performers.

Mountainside’s program recounts their story with some of the very arias that made them famous. Featuring Grammy award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez as Francesca Cuzzoni and mezzo-soprano Fabiana Gonzales as Faustina Bordoni, the concert will offer a taste of their constant competition, right up through an alleged on-stage tiff. Also featured are two of Handel’s ‘Chandos’ Anthems, O Come, “Let Us Sing Unto the Lord,” and “Let God Arise,” featuring Mountainside’s resident Chamber Choir, the Scholars of St. Cecila, with guest soloists tenor Bradley King and baritone Robert Tudor. These modest, yet inventive works, include a variety of choruses and solos, and pave the way for Handel’s famous English oratorios, such as Messiah.

The Shrine of Ss. Peter and Paul
125 Fayette Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

(Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00pm)


October 8, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm