Amanda Forsythe Sings Handel

August 6, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Amanda Forsythe in High Baroque costume holding a floral crown.
Amanda Forsythe in Boston Early Music Festival's 2013 'Almira' (Photo: Kathy Wittman)

An encore presentation of Oliver’s interview with Amanda Forsythe, “one of the best Baroque sopranos on the scene today” (Boston Classical Review). Forsythe combines astounding agility, staggering breath control, and imaginative ornamentation with beautiful tone in works by Handel and his contemporaries. She recently made her debut with Music of the Baroque and returns to Chicago Symphony Orchestra next spring for an all-Vivaldi program. Forsythe sings the role of Edilia in Boston Early Music Festival’s presentation of Handel’s Almira, heard August 13 on the WFMT Opera Series.


All selections feature soprano Amanda Forsythe.

George Frideric Handel: Almira, HWV 1
Act II, “Der Himmel wird strafen dein falsches Gemüt”
Act III, “Quillt, ihr überhäuften Zähren
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, lutes and direction
Handel: Almira

Agostino Steffani: Occhi belli, non più
Colin Balzer, tenor
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, lutes and direction
Agostino Steffani: Duets of Love and Passion

Johann Gottlieb Graun: Cantata, O Dio, Fileno
No. 4, “Va, ma conserva i miei”
Opera Prima
Cristiano Contadin, viola da gamba and direction
Graun: Cantatas & Viola da Gamba Concerto

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17
Act III, “Da tempeste il legno infranto”
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord and direction
The Power of Love: Arias from Handel Operas
Avie AV-2350