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Performer: La Nuova Musica

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Finely cast Orlando from La Nuova Musica

Lawrence Zazzo © Justin Hyer
Handel’s opera Orlando is famous for the great mad scene at the end of Act 2. Specifically written for the celebrated castrato Senesino, it’s an emotionally powerful ten-minute monologue.
****1
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La Calisto: Sublime singing

Jurgita Adamonytė © Oksana
Despite the beautiful sensitivity of La Nuova Musica, coupled with some truly sublime singing, the silliness of Cavalli’s opera is sometimes overplayed in this semi-staged production; less is, sometimes, more.
****1
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A dusty curio: Handel's Berenice, regina d'Egitto

La Nuova Musica and David Bates © Benjamin Ealovega
A strong cast and fine playing from La Nuova Musica gives Handel's Berenice a reasonably fair outing, but its original plot weaknesses constrain this opera from being anything more than a curio for the Handel connoisseur. 
***11
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Friars just wanna have fun: Cesti's Orontea

Mary Bevan © Victoria Cadisch
A very naughty translation and some fine singing make for a delightfully comic evening of Cesti's recently rediscovered Orontea at Wigmore Hall. 
****1
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A fruitful pairing for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

Lucy Crowe © Sussie Ahlburg
Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead give a thoughtful rendition of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at a Lenten concert by La Nuova Musica at St John's Smith Square.
****1
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