Wednesday’s lunchtime recital in All Saints’ Church was a stunning collection of Handel’s Italian operatic arias sung by soprano and OO Holly Singlehurst (accompanied by Director of Music, Peter Davis).
Holly’s recital began with the light and joyous ‘Bel piacere’ from Agrippina. This was a delight with its soaring and sprightly sequences sung so eloquently by Holly. The character Poppea is singing of her love for Ottone and the pleasure of the libretto was beautifully communicated.
‘Piangero la sorte mia’ from Giulio Cesare was the next aria on the programme. The colourful recit was sung with tremendous conviction and was very moving in delivery. The aria is lamenting and portrays the intensity of Cleopatra’s loss - as she is taken prisoner and believes her beloved Caesar to be dead. Holly sang with immense intensity true to the music. Dramatic passages demonstrated Holly’s admirable vocal technique and the audience were treated to glorious high notes.
The beautiful phrases of the famous ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo were sung in a measured and meaningful style. This was a truly enjoyable aria and well received. To close her recital Holly sang ‘La sorte il ciel amor’ from Radamisto. This lively aria was simply joyous. The reassuring tone of the music was aptly set by the captivating Holly.