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Les Arts Florissants



Date: Thursday 13 December 2012, from 19.00
Sponsored by Alstom, Principal Sponsor of Les Arts Florissants
At the Barbican Centre, London.
1st part: 19.00 - 20.20, 2nd part: 20.40 - 22.00
For Patron Members
Guests are also invited for pre-performance cocktails and canapés in the Fountain Room from 18.15, as well as a post-performance dinner at Searcys Barbican Restaurant.

Belshazzar - G.F. Handel, conducted by William Christie
Allan Clayton, Belshazzar, King of Babylon, tenor
Rosemary Joshua Nitocris, his mother, soprano
Sarah Connolly, Cyrus, Persian Prince, mezzo-soprano
Iestyn Davies, Daniel, a Jewish prophet, counter-tenor
Neal Davies, Gobrias, Noble Assyrian, bass
About Belshazzar:

Handel had a feeling Belshazzar was going to be a hit. He urged his librettist Charles Jennens to deliver more text as he worked on the piece in 1744, 'it engages me warmly...and has given me opportunity to express some very particular ideas' wrote the composer. Those ideas included a masterful handling of the multi-hued chorus and some of the most imaginative characterization Handel would conceive, all cradled in a work of immense dramatic sweep. William Christie has a way with this music like none other; he musters world-class soloists to join his own group Les Arts Florissants for a true musical feast. 
For more details, please contact Karim Mijal+44 (0)207 092 6638





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