Congratulations to Iestyn and Harry for the wonderful reviews of their performance in Rinaldo at Lyric Opera. We’re delighted that both will be joining Baroque Band later this month for three amazing all-Handel concerts.
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Chicago Tribune – John von Rhein:
Playful new ‘Rinaldo’ a Lyric Opera winner
Baroque specialist Harry Bicket, who paces Handel’s great score briskly but always flexibly.
The sweet-voiced Davies, also a newcomer to the Lyric roster, reveals himself to be a Handelian of the first magnitude. It’s good news that he and Bicket will reunite this month for an all-Handel program with Chicago’s Baroque Band.
Bicket, Lyric’s go-to man when it comes to Baroque opera, searches out the rich color palette in Handel’s orchestra (note the sopranino recorder chirping away in Almirena’s “avian” aria) even as he gives the singers the help they need and provides the narrative with a strong musical through-line.
The orchestra and especially its fine continuo group play very well for him.
This enjoyable “Rinaldo” is closing out the Lyric season on a high note.
Chicago Classical Review – Larry Johnson
Stellar vocalism and goofy charm make for an engaging “Rinaldo” at Lyric Opera
In the role of Eustazio, Iestyn Davies also made a quietly sensational company debut. The English countertenor contributed some of the most consistent vocalism of the evening as the priest/advisor, showing a rich-bodied, evenly produced voice. Davies handled his bravura arias with unflagging accuracy and ease, and led off Act 2 with a rapt, glowingly sung Siam prossimi al porto.
Harry Bicket showed once again why he is one of our finest Baroque opera conductors, leading a performance that was incisive and spirited while giving the big set pieces ample room to breathe.