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Alexander Balus - Handel

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Alexander Balus @ St. Johns Smith Square

Music OMH, 11 April 2016

Laurence Cummings led the excellent London Handel Orchestra from the harpsichord, while the soloists were very strong. The highest profile name among them was probably Renata Pokupić who has a number of appearances at the Royal Opera House to her name. If some of the lines seemed to sit just a little lower than would have been ideal for her mezzo-soprano, overall her class showed as she produced a rich and resonant sound. The baritone of Josep-Ramon Olivé, winner of both the first and audience prizes at the 2015 Handel Singing Competition, also felt highly accomplished as he played Ptolemee. Spencer Lang, who had only stepped in to replace Alexander Sprague as Jonathan at the eleventh hour, was possessed of a remarkable tenor instrument that proved light yet full, and was very aesthetically pleasing. With a sweet voice, expressive manner and impeccable enunciation Katherine Watson excelled as Cleopatra, while Sophie Junker’s own rich soprano ensured that she was equally impressive as Aspasia.      

Full review here


Laurence Cummings - conductor

London Handel Orchestra

London Handel Singers


Katherine Watson - soprano

Alexander Sprague - tenor

Josep-Ramon Olive - baritone


Earlier Event: April 6
Later Event: June 3