Afternoon on 3 - Kings and Queens - Handel: Riccardo Primo, Act 3

Handel Operas 2009 Ian Skelly presents Act 3 of Handel's opera about the exploits of Richard the Lionheart. Handel: Riccardo Primo (Act 3) King Richard I ...... Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor) Costanza, his betrothed ...... Nuria Rial (soprano) Pulcheria, daughter of Isacio ...... Geraldine McGreevy (soprano) Isacio, governor of Cyprus ...... David Wilson-Johnson (bass) Oronte, Pulcheria's lover ...... Tim Mead (countertenor) Berardo, Costanza's tutor ...... Curtis Streetman (bass) Chamber Orchestra of Basel Paul Goodwin (conductor) Plus Kings and Queens: more royalty-inspired music including Smetana's symphonic poem depicting another English king - the infamous Richard III. 3.00pm Smetana: Richard III BBC Philharmonic Gianandrea Noseda (conductor) 3.15pm Bliss: A Colour Symphony BBC National Orchestra of Wales Richard Hickox (conductor) Rubbra: Ode to the Queen Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano) BBC National Orchestra of Wales Richard Hickox (conductor) 4.15pm Elgar: Falstaff BBC National Orchestra of Wales Jac van Steen (conductor).