Handel in HD: Haymarket’s Season Premieres with Streaming ‘Acis and Galatea’

Baroque music goes digital.

Drinking, Dueling, and a Dragon? Huzzah!

It’s Baroque opera, minus the sobriety. The serious operas of Handel and Gluck get the parody treatment in this excerpt from the 1737 opera The Dragon of Wantley performed by Haymarket Opera Company!

Purcell opera performed in cemetery catacombs

NEW YORK (AP) — “When I am laid in earth,” the heroine sings just before she dies at the end of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” Rarely will the aria be heard in a more fittingly sepulchral setting than when the hour-long opera, composed in the 1680s, is performed this week in the catacombs of Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. The …

How to Land 300-Year-Old Jokes — Tackling Telemann’s Pimpinone

Pimpinone, a 1725 comic opera by Georg Philipp Telemann with a libretto by Johann Philipp Praetorius, tells the story of Pimpinone, a lustful rich man, and Vespetta, a scheming chambermaid. In search of a husband and a fortune, Vespetta first convinces Pimpinone to hire her, and then she persuades him to propose marriage. Now his wife, she becomes the real boss …

How to Make a Baroque Opera Work in the 21st Century

How does an opera written in 1735 hold up today? Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante presents a contemporary perspective on the nearly 300-year-old Baroque opera, with updated gender and sexual politics to boot. Benjamin Davis directs this revival production, which received its premiere in 2014 at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence under director Richard Jones. This interpretation takes …