Information about the programme
Emmanuelle Haïm, born in Paris in 1962, got her passion for Baroque music from her aunt – from whom she also received her first piano lessons. Today, the conductor and harpsichordist is one of early music’s shining stars, a baroque icon among aficionados. Her musical intensity is captivating, and is characterized by boldness, charm, and flexibility. And the BRSO also treasures these qualities. When Haïm conducts Purcell’s lesser-known semi-opera (a setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream), it will be her eagerly awaited second appearance with the orchestra since 2017. Since she is particularly known for her performances of Handel (a composer whose music features prominently in her discography), the concert will also include a large suite, the dazzling Music for the Royal Fireworks, as well as an Italian cantata, sung by the wonderful Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten, that showcases Handel’s intimate side.