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The Welsh Baroque Orchestra, Welsh Camerata and five baroque soloists perform Handelís musical drama     

The Welsh Baroque Orchestra, Welsh Camerata and five baroque soloists perform Handel’s musical drama

“HERCULES”

at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff


Handel’s late dramatic masterpiece - an opera in all but name telling the story of how a wife’s jealousy leads to the hero’s tragic and ghastly end.

WBO combine with Cardiff early music choir Welsh Camerata and five baroque soloists to create an exclusively professional period ensemble.


HERCULES (Baritone)
Richard Morris from Pontardawe
Studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Guildhall in London. He has sung Bernstein's Mass for Bernstein in Boston, and Enjolras in Les Miserables in the West End. He has also performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightment and performed new works by Birtwhistle and Metcalf.

DEJANIRA (Mezzo Soprano)
Buddug Verona James from Cardigan
Buddug studied at the Guildhall and the Opera Studio in London. She has performed Orfeo (Gluck) in America and Canada, and Dardano (Handel) in Europe and America. Castradiva - Buddug's Baroque one-woman show has toured the UK, Ireland and Croatia. This will be her fifth production of Hercules. www.buddug.co.uk

HYLLUS (Tenor)
Huw Rhys Evans from Tregaron
Huw studied at the Royal Academy and Opera Studio. His most recent engagement has been with the National Opera Company of Norway. He specialises in the works of Handel, Bach and Rossini. He is currently rehearsing a Haydn opera to be performed at St John Smiths Square in London

IOLE (Soprano)
Julia Gooding from London
Studied at the Guildhall. Julia specialises in baroque only and has worked with conductors of world renown; Nicholas McGegan, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Paul McCreesh, Charles Mackerras, and Trevor Pinnock.

LICHAS (Counter Tenor)
Jonathan Peter Kenny o Lerpwl
Studied at the Guildhall. Jonathan is also a baroque specialist, especially Handel, and has performed over 25 of his works globally. He has also premiered works by Jonathan Dove, Deirdre Gribbin, Roxanna Panufnik a Jocelyn Pook.


This performance precedes WBO trip to Croatia where they will also perform “Hercules” at the Varazdin Baroque Evenings Festival

Also performing at Priory Church, Monmouth, and in Croatia their orchestral programme with music by Purcell, Handel, Muffat, Biber, JS Bach and Boyce on the 29th September

WBO is about a group of professional, dedicated musicians sharing a passion for early music. Their unique approach however is to perform the scores (from the 17th & 18th century) as closely as possible to how the composer intended by using instruments from the period and studying books, letters and diaries from the time.

WBO’s Musical Director is Andrew Wilson-Dickson, until recently the Head of Early Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

“By putting the music into its historical and social context we help people understand not only the music, but why it was composed”
“WBO’s musical aim is vivid and exciting music-making through historical awareness, using period instruments alongside the stylistic techniques that go with them”

Tickets are £15 / £12 (£10 / £8 concessions) and are available from The Gate. Reservations can be made on 029 2048 3344


Relevant recordings

Thomas Chilcot Songs (1700- 1770) –Welsh Baroque Orchestra and Buddug Verona James (Meridian) (CDE84428),
Handel a Gluck Arias from Buddug’s one-woman show - Castradiva with the WBO ensemble (Fflach)(CD2371)

All through the night –Welsh Folk songs for voice and harp. Huw Rhys Evans and Ieuan Jones (Claudio Records) (CR4114-2)

Teseo by Handel with Julia Gooding (Erato)(2292-45806-2)

Israel in Egypt by Handel with Jonathan Peter Kenny (Phillips) 473 304-2 PM2

 
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