During a brief respite from his busy Roman sojourn, Handel left for Naples from May to July 1708, where he had been commissioned to write the serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo for the wedding of the Duke of Alvito and Beatrice di Sanseverino. This short opera, for three voices and orchestra without chorus, is remarkable for the variety of its instrumental accompaniment with, in addition to strings and continuo, oboe, recorders, and trumpets. The singers in their arias and recitatives also carry us from the most languorous sighs to the extremes of virtuosity. Leading Arion for the first time is the award-winning Italian conductor and harpsichordist Francesco Corti, principal guest conductor of il Pomo d’Oro orchestra.
Friday, January 12, 2024 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024 - 4 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2024 - 2:30 p.m.