Night at the Opera with The Irish Chamber Orchestra (Limerick)
12:00 - 23:59
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jean-Christophe Spinosi Conductor
Sharon Carty Mezzo Soprano
Händel Overture from Xerxes HWV 40
Händel Frondi tenere… Ombra mai fu from Xerxes HWV 40
Vivaldi Sol da te from Orlando Furioso RV 728
Mozart Notturno Serenade KV 239
Vivaldi Ah sleale, ah spergiura from Orlando Furioso RV 728
Vivaldi Agitata da due venti from Griselda
Barber Adagio for Strings
Vivaldi Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrime from Tieteberga RV 737
Vivaldi Nel profondo from Orlando Furioso RV 728
Come and enjoy a feast of baroque operatic arias, and instrumental music oozing passion, colour and drama – with the emphasis on colliding worlds. The exuberant Jean-ChristopheSpinosi, joined by brilliant Irish Mezzo Soprano Sharon Carty, is bound to exploit every theatrical avenue this programme offers!
The Overture from Handel’s Xerxes rolls into the much-loved aria, Ombra mai fu, with its beautiful plaintive melody. Carty also performs several Arias from Vivaldi’s magnificent opera Orlando furioso – comparable to the very best of Handel’s Arias. Mozart’s Notturno Serenade for (two small orchestras) demonstrates his ingenious ability to paint a picture – creating allusions to nature, folk-songs, hunting and dance forms. From the woods, to war: Biber’s remarkable Battalia brings us straight onto the battlefield, re-creating the sounds of muskets and cannons, and ending in a howling lament for the casualties of battle. The drama continues with Vivaldi’s extraordinary aria Agitata da due venti – comparing love and duty with two contrary winds. Barber’s evocative Adagio for Strings is permeated with solemnity and sadness. Born in the chaos of a continent on the brink of apocalypse, the Adagio has become America’s musical embodiment of communal grief, whilst in Vivaldi’s Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrime, rain is depicted as a metaphor for tears: worlds collide as the dark skies weep submerging us in a deluge of sorrow.