November sees Sarah Connolly return to the Gran Teatro del Liceu as Agrippina, one of Handel’s most complex and fascinating female characters. London audiences are already familiar with Connolly’s assumption of the role from her star turn at English National Opera in 2007. It was a triumph for Connolly who revelled in Handel’s virtuosic vocal writing as well as Agrippina’s manipulative scheming. Rupert Christiansen, reviewing her performance in The Daily Telegraph, wrote that Connolly was “the epitome of elegance in the title role, singing with total stylistic and technical assurance, as well as playing the queen bitch with terrific relish” and Erica Jeal, writing in The Guardian, found her “outstanding” judging that “as the machinating, gin-swigging Agrippina, she doesn’t disappoint”. The Liceu’s audience is truly in for a treat ! Connolly is joined by David Daniels, one of the world’s finest Handelians, here singing his first Ottone and by Harry Bicket in the pit, who makes a very welcome return to the house.
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All three artists will be reunited later this season for another of Handel’s great works when The English Concert, under Bicket’s direction, tours Theodora
in the United States. David Daniels will reprise Didymus, the role that first launched him on the international scene, and Sarah Connolly will sing her first Irene in a concert tour that takes them to Sonoma, Costa Mesa, Orange County and to New York’s Carnegie Hall.