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Sacred Handel

Wednesday June 5th 2019
8 pm | 1h10 without intermission


Francesca Aspromonte Soprano

Collegium 1704
Václav Luks Conductor


Handel composed many Italian arias and cantatas after his stay in Italy in 1707-1709. 

The aria from the pastoral Apollo and Daphne, composed in 1710 when he came back from Italy, is strongly contemplative and evokes the ecstasy of the soul, in a duet between the soprano and the flute…

The motet Silete Venti is heir to this Italian tradition, where secular and sacred music are treated in a very similar manner. But it was composed in the 1720s, when Handel had become the king of opera seria in London. The virtuosity and the emotions of this sacred composition are strongly inspired by his music for the stage of the same period: in the overture, the music describes the storm and winds that the soprano silences, and the work ends with a jubilant alleluia! Handel’s many concertos, whose form is inspired by Corelli and also by the traditional form of church sonatas, met with great success when they were executed, whether placed in the middle of an opera or of an oratorio. Composed in 1738, The Cuckoo and the Nightingale was probably created in the middle of the oratorio Israel in Egypt in 1739, and Handel played the solo organ.

The young soprano Francesca Aspromonte, a wonderful soloist who regularly sings Rossi, Monteverdi and Cavalli at the Royal Opera, soon became a favorite with Raphael Pichon, John Eliot Gardiner and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. Her rich and virtuoso voice gives Handel’s music the Mediterranean colors that Václav Luks, a specialist of early 18th century baroque music, interprets beautifully.


Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
Sacred cantatas
Concerto grosso op.3 n°1
Concerto gross op.3 n°5
Concerto for organ and orchestra n°13 « Le Coucou »

Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
Concerto Grosso op 5 nº12 « La Follia »


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1st Category: priority seating for the Friends of the Royal Opera (ADOR).

Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility.

No cloakroom or bar on site.
Access to site and door opening 30 minutes before the performance.

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). 
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In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm).

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No cloakroom or bar on site.
Access to site and door opening 30 minutes before the performance.