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Monday, June 5, 2017 6:00 PM, Handel House

Versions II: “Mira Lilla gentile”

Works by G. F. Handel

Proof of the artistic authenticity or originality of a work of art influences its reception even today. Astonishing discoveries are still being made in the archives. In the house of Handel’s birth, the ensemble Musica Perduta (= lost music) will play Handel's chamber music and unpublished cantatas from his Italian period. One particular focal point will be the cantata Mira Lilla Gentile with its two alternative instrumentations, as we are not sure whether or not it was written by Handel. The Italian ensemble Musica Perduta has already attracted attention in the past with its interpretations. Among the awards Francesca Lombardi Mazzuli received have been the second prize at the F. Provenzale competition in Naples and a finalist prize at the Haendel Singing competition in London. She participated at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival Contest and has been selected to participate at the Rossini Academy directed by Alberto Zedda in 2012. The many conductors the Italian sopanro has worked with include Ottavio Dantone, Alan Curtis, Aaron Carpene, Mehmet C. Yesilcay, Christophe Coin, Claudio Osele, Claudio Cavina, Mike Fentross, Andrea Marchiol, Marco Mencoboni and Michael Hofstetter.

 >  Probably the first performance of an unpublished cantata by Handel in Halle – or is it not Handel? ? Link zum Film (youtube)

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli brilliantly graduated at the Conservatory of Milan and the Conservatory G. Frescobaldi in Ferrara. She then continued her studies in interpretation and vocal technique with Luciano Pavarotti and Sonia Prina, and now perfects her voice under the guidance of Fernando Opa and Vivica Genaux. Amongst her many received awards are the first finalist’s prize of the Handel Singing Competition London and the first critic’s prize of the Festival Baroque Evenings of Varazdin in Croatia (2014). Her career in concert and opera led her debuting with many orchestras and ensembles dedicated to historically informed performance practice, such as the Baroque Ensemble of Limoges conducted by Christophe Voin, La Venexiana conducted by Claudio Cavina, Complesso Barrocco conducted by Alan Curtis, Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset, L’Arte del Mondo conducted by Werner Ehrhardt and Le Musiche Nove conducted by Claudio Osele. With these ensembles she participated at the festival styriarte Graz, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, at the Haendel Festival Halle, the Vienna festival Resonanzen, and the Baroque Festival of Rome. Francesca’s strong interest in Baroque theatre let her being engaged in the rediscovering of several operas almost forgotten in modern times: Among these she debuted in the leading roles of „La Rosinda“ (in Potsdam, Bayreuth and Vantaa, conducted by Mike Fentross), „Artemisia“ by Cavalli (Hanover and Montpellier, conducted by Claudio Cavina), and as Zelemina in Cavalli’s „Veremonda“ at the US festival Spoleto Charleston in 2015. Francesca’s recent successes include her debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Amore in „L’incoronazione di Poppea““La Callisto“ by Cavalli). From 2012 to 2015 she sang succesfully under the musical direction of Michael Hofstetter the roles of Leonora in Verdi’s „Oberto“, Mirandolina in the same titled opera by Martinu, and Vitellia in „La Clemenza di Tito“ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She recently debuted at Teatro Real Madrid in the role of Oberto in the opera „Alcina“ by G.F. Handel, conducted by C. Moulds. Of particular interest are her participation in the Opera Project Buthan, coordinated by Stephen van Vuuren and Aaron Carpene in 2013, which led to the first staging of an opera in this Himalayan kingdom. Also in 2013 she debuted at the Vienna Musikverein in J.A. Hasse’s „Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra“ side by side with Vivica Genaux under the direction of Claudio Osele and in Handel’s „Messiah“ in New Zealand.

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