With the kind support of KATHI Rainer Thiele GmbH
Introductory talk: Dr. Erik Dremel, Theological Faculty of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg | 6.30pm | Handel House, Glass Hall | Admission free – unnumbered seating (duration 30 minutes approx.) (in German)
The #MeToo debate could have raged back in antiquity – take the story of Apollo and Daphne, for instance. Apollo harasses the nymph so much that Daphne prefers to die than be dishonoured by him. Handel began setting this opera-like cantata to music when he was still in Italy. It was premiered in London in the presence of Queen Anne, who was so delighted she expressed the wish to see Handel more often in her retinue.
We are delighted that the superb soprano Anna Prohaska will once again featuring in the “retinue” of the Handel Festival. She has been a leading international singer for many years, yet has remained natural and true to life – excellent prerequisites for a cogent interpretation of the nymph Daphne. With Fulvio Bettini and the Il Suonar Parlante Orchestra under the baton of Vittorio Ghielmi, the requisite dramatic foundations and the equally necessary italianità will be provided.