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Thursday 4 April 2024 at 7.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Erin Helyard* director
Samantha Clarke soprano
Zoë Black violin
Matthew Tomkins violin
Rachael Tobin cello
Michelle Wood cello

*MSO Artist in Residence


Vivaldi Concerto in D, RV 562a
Vivaldi Dorilla in Tempe: Rete, Iacci, e strali adopra
Vivaldi Ottone in Villa: Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele
Vivaldi La fida ninfa: Alma opressa da sorte
Handel Concerto grosso in B-flat, Op.3 No.2
Handel Rinaldo: Molto voglio & Lascia ch’io pianga
Handel Agrippina: Ogni vento ch’ai porto lo spinga
Handel Concerto for Organ in D minor, Op.7 No.4
Handel Theodora: With darkness deep, as is my woe
Handel Samson: Let the bright seraphim

About this performance

Superstar soprano Samantha Clarke’s ravishing voice and incredible musicality have taken her from the beaches of Perth to the BBC proms and the international opera stage.

Now, Samantha returns to the MSO with Erin Helyard for a sublime evening of arias, interspersed with instrumental selections by two of the Baroque era's most prolific composers. From the heartbreaking anguish of Lascia ch’io pianga to the thrilling vocal fireworks of Leggi almeno, this program of dramatic arias from Vivaldi and Handel’s great operas and oratorios is a must-see event.

Featuring MSO musicians as soloists, Vivaldi’s Concerto in D and Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B-flat highlight the stirring emotional capacity of baroque music from these two composers, lauded for their theatrical prowess.

Duration: approx. 90 minutes, no interval

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