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Gala Concert · Farinelli & Friends


  • 08 June, 20:00


Gala Concert · Farinelli & Friends

Great baroque arias, scenes and duets by George Frideric Handel, Nicola Porpora, Johann Adolph Hasse, Riccardo Broschi and others

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Gianluca Capuano, Conductor
Rolando Villazón, Presentation
Julie Fuchs, Soprano
Patricia Petibon, Soprano
Sandrine Piau, Soprano
Nuria Rial, Soprano
Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-soprano
Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano
Vivica Genaux, Mezzo-soprano
Ann Hallenberg, Mezzo-soprano
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Alto
Christophe Dumaux, Countertenor
Philippe Jaroussky, Countertenor
Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco


The riveting climax of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2019, with which we are celebrating the art of the castrati will be a battle between prima donnas and primi uomini in a ‘Farinelli-Gala’, uniting some of the finest Baroque singers of our time. After all, there were many wonderful female singers who left their imprint on the age of the castrati too! Some of them, like Francesca Cuzzoni, were shrewd enough to make hugely successful appearances at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Opera of the Nobility, while the stakes for Italian opera in London were still high.

Cecilia Bartoli

Großer Paradiesvogel, aus: François-Nicolas Martinet, Histoire naturelle des oiseaux., © Private Collection/De Agostini Picture Library/G. Dagli Orti/Bridgeman Images.