Georg Friedrich Haendel
One of Handel's most accomplished works, served by leading duo Karina Gauvin and Marie-Nicole Lemieux
M. N. Lemieux © D. Rouvre
M. Emelyanychev -DR
Sung in Italian with French subtitles
In the space of a few months, Francesca Cuzzoni, the diva soprano of 1720's London, gave the first performances of three of Handel's most beautiful female roles: Cleopatra in Julius Caesar in Egypt, Asteria in Tamerlane and the title role in Rodelinda. Three roles in which Karina Gauvin is triumphing today thanks to her clear, voluptuous timbre, her miraculous, sensual trills and her inventive ornamentation. It is a pleasure therefore to hear her in this repertoire, where she delivers a marvellous performance in the company of fellow Quebecker Marie-Nicole Lemieux, also accomplished in Baroque virtuosity and who will interpret Bertarido here, a part originally written for the castrato Senesino. With this tragic battle between love and power, Handel once more proves that he is one of the masters of human passions.