The Barbican will play host to a couple of lesser-performed works from the baroque repertoire in spring 2013.

The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket will perform Handel’s opera Radamisto (first premiered in 1720 at the King’s Theatre in London) on 10 February 2013. This will be the first of three Handel projects that The English Concert will undertake over the next three years, a series commissioned by Carnegie Hall, New York.

And Lully’s Phaéton will be performed by Les Talens Lyriques with conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset on 8 March 2013. Rousset has been a visible advocate of Lully’s, and here introduces a fresh interpretation of the story of the son of Helios, the sun god.

Les Talens Lyriques will spend the rest of March touring to China, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Poland performing various concerts from their early music repertoire.

The new year will also be a busy one for The English Concert: the orchestra will visit the University of Birmingham in January, taking a short residence to work on Radamisto with students, and the group celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.

For more information and to book tickets, visit:
The English Concert www.englishconcert.co.uk; www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=13052
Les Talens Lyriques www.lestalenslyriques.com; www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=13058

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