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George Fredric Handel’s “Radamisto” opened for the first time at the Santa Fe Opera last Saturday evening, only a dozen short of 300 years after its’ premier performance in London.
Although Beaumarchais would not write his revolutionary bedroom farce (“The Marriage of Figaro” also playing this summer!) for nearly 60 more years, the plots of the two operas seemed ironically similar: Lord-and-master spurns his beautiful, loving wife, to pursue less-powerful-but-more-admirable man’s also beautiful and faithful wife.
Everybody in the opera has something to say or sing about this, of course, and conspires to prevent it; until ultimately the lord-and-master sees the error of his ways, spouses reunite, and everyone sings a glorious finale!
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