Saturday, 30. May 2020 19:30 The George Frederic Handel Hall

Gala concert with Valer Sabadus and Andrea Marcon

London 1735 – The rivalry between Handel and Porpora

Valer Sabadus, picture: Ross

Valer Sabadus

Works by G. F. Handel and N. Porpora, and others

Musical director: Andrea Marcon
Soloist: Valer Sabadus (Countertenor)
Venice Baroque Orchestra

55, 40, 30, 25, 20 

The countertenor Valer Sabadus is one of world’s most successful and celebrated singers on the Baroque music scene. Since his 2009 debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in Jommelli’s Demofoonte conducted by Riccardo Muti, he has enjoyed a storybook career. “One of the best countertenors of our time” and “the naturalness of
his performance up to dizzying heights is simply overwhelming” is what the press says of him. The fascination of his voice lies without a doubt in its naturalness and nuanced dynamics: he “enchants with elegance, freshness, agility, warmth, tenderness” (FonoForum, January 2016). Together with the Baroque specialists of the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Valer Sabadus explores works by the famous composers G. F. Handel and N. Porpora, whose rivalry in the London of the 1730s is legendary. A competition between equals!

During this concert, Valer Sabadus will receive the City of Halle Handel Prize, which is awarded by the Handel House Foundation. This prize is an honorary award with no monetary value.