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The English Concert

Harry Bicket, conductor
The Clarion Choir
Steven Fox, artistic director

HANDEL Solomon, HWV 67 (complete oratorio, performed in concert)

Ann Hallenberg (Solomon), mezzo-soprano
Christina Gansch (Solomon’s Queen), soprano
Elena Villalón (Nicaule, Queen of Sheba), soprano
Brandon Cedel (Levite), bass-baritone
James Way (Zadok), tenor
Niamh O’Sullivan (Second Harlot), mezzo-soprano

Britain’s eminent early-music ensemble returns to Berkeley to perform Handel’s glorious Solomon (1748), based on Biblical stories of the great king’s wisdom and justice and the ushering of a golden age of peace, piety, and prosperity. Among the composer’s many brilliant English oratorios, Solomon stands out as an especially jubilant and sumptuous work, featuring a double chorus, stunning arias such as “Will the sun forget to streak,” and gorgeous orchestrations like the sprightly oboe-and-strings feature, “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.” The Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg, a beloved Baroque music diva, sings the title role. “Hallenberg’s exceptionally wide-ranging, ruby-color mezzo, with its serene legato and jaw-dropping coloratura, has inevitably made her a go-to artist” (The New York Times).

This performance is made possible, in part, by Bernice Greene, The Estate of Ross E. Armstrong, and an anonymous Patron Sponsor.

Mar 5, 2023, 3pm
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Mar 5, 2023, 3pm
Add to Calendar 03/05/2023 03:00 pm 03/05/2023 04:30 pm America/Los_Angeles The English Concert; Harry Bicket, conductor; The Clarion Choir; Steven Fox, artistic director https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/early-music/the-english-concert-harry-bicket-conductor-the-clarion-choir-steven-fox-artistic-director/ Zellerbach Hall
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