Completed in 1740, Imeneo was Handel’s penultimate opera. In this glorious work, Handel demonstrates such complete mastery of the form that he is even able to subvert it, as what appears to be the classic love triangle between the heroic Imeneo and the lovers Tirinto and Rosmene is subverted in a wholly unexpected way. The opera features some of Handel’s most arrestingly beautiful music, including vivid solos and duos and the glorious climactic trio Consolami, mio bene. Some of the music will sound remarkably familiar to audiences: the ever-resourceful Handel re-used a number of the melodies the following year in his most celebrated oratorio: Messiah.
- Opera Britannia