Even for his first opera, Handel chose a female protagonist: the Castilian queen, Almira. The composer had never been to Spain himself, but had come into contact with Spanish music. He repeatedly returns to a Spanish saraband rhythm – for example in his famous aria Lascia ch’io pianga, the predecessor of which can be found as an instrumental piece in the opera Almira. Almira‘s Songbook is a musical portrait of Handel’s first heroine. It features arias and dances from this early opera, together with music that could be heard at the Spanish court and in Spanish theatres at the time of Handel.
With its vivacious musicality, Seconda Pratica promises a lively matinee performance with a Mediterranean feel that will enchant the audience from the first note – as it has already enchanted visitors to renowned early music festivals, such as the Festival of Ambronay, the Stockholm Early Music Festival and the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht.
That is how Seconda Pratica sounds