Farinelli Spotlight Concert
Time & Location
About the event
Join period instrument ensemble 'Les Bougies Baroques’ and singers Thalie Knights & Cenk Karaferya on an 18th-century journey shedding light on one of the greatest singers in the history of opera: the castrato Farinelli. Covering Farinelli's dazzling career spanning almost four decades – during which his virtuosity & refined style of singing charmed & astonished not only the connoisseurs and enthusiasts of the age, but also the likes of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, Frederick Prince of Wales, King Louis XV, and Philip V of Spain – this concert paints a vocal profile of the castrato (backed up by instrumental numbers penned by composers who wrote music for Farinelli) through the rarely-performed music of composers Araja, Porpora, Giacomelli, Hasse, Vinci, Leo, Galuppi, Ariosti, and Broschi.
'Les Bougies Baroques'
Conductor | Ian Peter Bugeja
Leader | Piotr Jordan
Mezzo-soprano | Thalie Knights
Countertenor | Cenk Karaferya
F. Araja: Sinfonia in D major
N. Porpora: 'In braccio a mille furie' from 'Semiramide Riconosciuta'
G. Giacomelli: 'Mancare Dio mi sento' from 'Adriano in Siria'
J. A. Hasse: Sinfonia in G minor [Op. 5, No. 6]
N. Porpora: 'Se pietoso il tuo labbro' from 'Semiramide Riconosciuta'
L. Vinci: 'Alma grande' from 'Astianatte'
L. Leo: Sinfonia in A major
N. Porpora: 'O volesser gli Dei... Dolci freschi aurette' from 'Polifemo'
N. Porpora: 'Alto Giove' from 'Polifemo'
B. Galuppi: Concerto a quattro No. 1 in G minor
A. Ariosti: 'Fortunate passate mie pene' from 'Artaserse'
R. Broschi: 'Son qual nave' from 'Artaserse'