The personification of abstract concepts or the portrayal of truths by means of allegory and images was a device that Handel used in his music too. Four allegorical figures – Bellezza (Beauty), Piacere (Enjoyment), Disinganno (Enlightenment) and Tempo (Time) – play out a dramatic conflict, a contest of truth and deceit, eternal bliss and fleeting happiness.
Under the musical direction of Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina have for many years been acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles of historically informed performance practice. This specialist ensemble’s combination of a keen interest in research and a love of playing music has become the basis for its long years of success. A portrait of the orchestra published in 2017 in the magazine Concerti puts it in a nutshell: “This is how Baroque should sound.” In Halle, a soloist ensemble of international renown will be performing, including the Scandinavian tenor Martin Vanberg, whose bright, clear voice is praised by the specialist press. No less well-known are the female singers, the French-born Emmanuelle de Negri, who lends her voice to Pleasure, and Delphine Galou as Disinganno and the Italian singer Lucia Cortese in the role of Beauty, whose character’s name – nomen est omen – sums up the quality of her singing.