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Handel’s Rivals: Early Modern Italian Music

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 12:30pm
McNeir Hall, Georgetown University
Open to the general public. RSVP here.

In collaboration with the Georgetown University Department of Music the Italian Research sponsors a concert on Handel’s Rivals: Early Modern Italian Music featuring Mark Janello, harpsichord and portative organ and Kristen Dubenion Smith, voice.

This concert features music from a recently recovered eighteenth-century Italian manuscript of cantatas and opera arias. The cantatas are for voice and basso continuo (with some annotations for the “cembalo”); the arias and duet include one or two parts for violins and viola. The performance is part of the Department of Music Friday Music Series showcasing the compositions of luminaries Johann Adolph Hasse, Giovanni Bononcini, and Carlo Arrigoni, all rivals of Handel. Some of the pieces in manuscript bear inscriptions to the finest sopranos and castrati of the period, including Faustina Bordoni (spouse of Hasse), Francesca Cuzzoni, Carlo Broschi (the castrato “Farinelli”), and Vittoria Tesi.

A discussion will follow led by Professor Anthony DelDonna

Anthony DelDonna, Ph.D.
Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music
Director of the Music Program, Georgetown University

Prof. DelDonna’s research focuses on stage drama, instrumental music, archival studies, and dance in early modern Italy. He is the author of the monographs Instrumental Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples: Politics, Patronage and Artistic Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2020) Opera, Theatrical
Culture and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples (Ashgate, 2012); co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge, 2009); and co-editor of Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (St. Joseph University Press, 2014;). His critical edition of the oratorio Trionfo per l’Assunzione della Santissima Vergine is published by Fondazione Arcadia (LIM, 2015) and his forthcoming publications include the critical edition of the opera, La ballerina amante (1782) by Domenico Cimarosa. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and volumes devoted to early modern Europe and Italy. His current book project focuses on the tradition of feste da ballo (celebratory balls) in early modern Naples.