• The English Concert
  • The English Concert

“The English Concert produced a supple, golden sound that managed to combine constant drama with delicacy. Stylish playing and real impetus prevented the work from being ponderous and was the finishing touch to a production of Baroque excellence.”

Early Music

The English Concert

Harry Bicket, artistic director

HANDEL Tamerlano, HWV 18

Michael Spyres, tenor (Bajazet)
Bejun Mehta, countertenor (Tamerlano)
Avery Amereau, alto (Irene)
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor (Andronico)
Sophie Bevan, soprano (Asteria)
Ashley Riches, bass (Leone)

Greed, jealousy, betrayal, revenge—Handel’s psychological thriller Tamerlano has it all. Performed in concert by Britain’s renowned Handel specialists The English Concert, this sinister opera seria was among the composer’s big London hits of the 1720s, with a story loosely based on the historic conflict between a Turkish sultan and the Tartar conqueror Timur (or Tamerlano), who ruled much of Asia in the 14th century. The soloists here include two revered countertenors—Bejun Mehta as Tamerlano, a role that has defined his career, and rising star Jakub Józef Orliński, who has recently appeared to rave reviews in both Handel’s Rinaldo and Rodelinda. “Bicket…drew a lithe, detailed and richly expressive account of this great score from the first-rate players. The ovations were enormous. The audience seemed not just excited but also grateful” (The New York Times).

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Major support provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.

Patron Sponsor: Bernice Greene

This event was sponsored by an Anonymous donor.

Wed, Apr 28, 2021
7pm PDT
Tickets start at $36


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Wed, Apr 28, 2021
7pm PDT
Tickets start at $36

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