Franco Fagioli: Handel-Vivaldi Recital

Cultural ,  Concert ,  Opera ,  Theatre ,  Opera at Versailles
  • There are key moments in the history of baroque opera, which are decisive for the musical style of the greatest composers. Around 1730, Vivaldi in Venice and Handel in London staked everything on the star singers of the time, the castrati.

    Vivaldi, then director of Teatro San Angelo in Venice, saw the Neapolitan style invade his city with ornate vocal feats and had to find a response: two of his masterpieces called on castrati to attract the public. For Orlando Furioso created in 1727, the main roles: Ruggiero and Medoro were sung by castrati to resounding success; the same success crowned Olimpiade, where the role of Aminta was reworked for the young castrato Mariano Nicolini, called “Marianino”, offering him exceptionally virtuoso arias.

    At the same time Handel saw the arrival of a formidable competitor, the Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, who became his rival calling to his side Europe’s most famous castrato, Farinelli who arrived in 1734 and soon became the public’s darling. Handel was quick to respond and in 1735, his magnificent Ariodante, with the castrato Giovanni Carestini singing the lead role, triggered the success of Handel’s first season at Covent Garden! Who better than Franco Fagioli to revive the incredible challenges for which Vivaldi and Handel deliberately chose castrati to embody their finest operas, giving them both voluptuous melodies (who can hold back tears when hearing "Scherza Infida"?) and formidable vocal feats? Vocal fireworks…


    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Cantata Cessate o mai cessate RV 684
    « Mentre dormi », aria from L’Olimpiade
    « Nel profondo cieco mondo », aria from Orlando Furioso

    Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
    « Scherza infida », aria from Ariodante
    « Dopo notte », aria from Ariodante
  • Spoken languages
    • English
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  • From June 9, 2018 to June 9, 2018
  • Full-fare

    • Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 45€ / 2nd category : 65€ / 1st category : 85€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 120€ / Prestige VIP (glass of champagne + programme) : 140€ / Doges : 220€

    From 45 € to 220 €
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    • Annual - 3rd category : 38€ (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) / 2nd category : 55€ / 1st category : 72€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 105€ REDUCED RATE APPLICABLE TO : - under 26, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people - holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport. Reservation by telephone only at +33 (0) 130 837 889 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles internet site.

    From 38 € to 105 €
  • On June 9, 2018 from 20:00 at 22:00
    * 2h with interlude
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