London Early Opera

Handel in Italy, Vol. 2

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212046227
Catnr: SIGCD 462
Release date: 30 September 2016
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About the album

London Early Opera continue their new series of Handel's works with the second volume of pieces composed in Italy. Both volumes of Handel in Italy explore the young composer's Italian years through his cantatas, sacred pieces, operatic works and instrumental compositions. Featuring performances from internationally acclaimed soloists, the sopranos Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan with their uncle, baritone Benjamin Bevan, conducted and conceived by Bridget Cunningham.
Meer voortreffelijke vocale muziek uit Händels Italiaanse jaren
Dit is het derde album uit de Händelserie van London Early Opera, waarin op elk volume een bepaalde periode uit Händels muzikale leven centraal staat. Händel in Italy Vol.2 gaat verder met datgene waar volume 1 aan begon: het verkennen van de Italiaanse jaren van de jonge componist door een waardering van zijn diversiteit aan muzikale stijlen: cantates, geestelijke composities, operateske werken en instrumentale werken. Het programma verkent belangrijke werken uit deze vruchtbare periode in Händels leven, waaronder werken die muzikale inspiratie bevatten die moderne luisteraars zullen herkennen van latere wedergeboortes in operateske aria’s of prachtige melodische lijnen van inmiddels bekende oratoriumfavorieten.

Het album geeft voorbeelden van enkele van de meest voortreffelijke vocale werken die Händel in Italië componeerde, en brengt de internationaal gewaardeerde solisten, Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan en Benjamin Bevan opnieuw bij elkaar.



London Early Opera are leading exponents of baroque research as they work closely with musicologists, historians, editors and researchers finding new interesting programmes, unrecorded music which feature detailed historical performance practice.

LEO link dramatic music and singing with narration and art history to create magical performances in their oratorio and concert performances.

They have recently recorded discs of Handel at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Handel in Italy with multi Grammy winning producer Chris Alder and singers Sophie, Mary and Ben Bevan, Eleanor Dennis, Greg Tassell, Kirsty Hopkins, Claire Bessent, Charles MacDougal.

The group is directed by harpsichordist, conductor and early music specialist Bridget Cunningham and they have performed to acclaim at several major venues including Southwark Cathedral, Grosvenor Chapel and St James’ Church, Piccadilly and across France.

London Early Opera offers concerts, operas, educational workshops, lecture recitals and recordings and collaborate on other projects such as their recent recording of George Butterworth.


Bridget Cunningham is an international opera conductor, prizewinning harpsichordist, presenter and musicologist who trained at the Royal College of Music. She has researched, conducted and produced this series of vocal and orchestral recordings of Handel with sopranos Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan, baritone Benjamin Bevan, and London Early Opera with production by Grammy winning Chris Alder.

Bridget has conducted at venues such as St Martin-in-the Fields, Grosvenor Chapel, St James’s Piccadilly and St John’s Smith Square in London and at venues and festivals throughout Europe and her repertoire has included Magic Flute, Semele and Fairy Queen. She conducts several orchestras including London Early Opera, Music of the Spheres Ensemble and is associate conductor for the Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi. She has a wide musical background as well as Early Music from performing Piazolla with the RTE Irish Chamber Orchestra live on Lyric Radio, to conducting recordings of early 20th Century English music composed by George Butterworth.

As a solo harpsichordist, Bridget has broadcast on Austria’s National Radio Stephansdom with pianist Angela Hewitt, performed as a solo harpsichordist to Prince Charles and the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace and played at Château de Hautefort and Maison Hine as part of Festi Classique in France.

Bridget Cunningham has been supported by the Finzi Trust and the Worshipful Company of Musicians as a Junior Fellow of the Royal College of Music for her work in the Centre for Performance History where she researched Early Music and the collection of historic instruments and continues to coach singers. She regularly gives lecture recitals at National art galleries and has opened ‘Watteau:The Drawings Exhibition’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

She has recorded and presented several programmes for SkyArts, RTE, Radio Stephansdom, Radio France and BBC television documentaries including Messiah and Vivaldi’s Women. She has made a recent harpsichord video for the Handel House Museum, Brook Street, London and has recorded several radio broadcasts on Handel and the King James Bible for BBC Radio 3 and 4.


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