Published 18 April 2019
Arcangelo returns to the USA in May with an intimate programme of 18th century chamber instrumental music interspersed with Handel’s ‘Nine German Arias’. Our collaborator for these expressive vocal works is Joélle Harvey, who kindly spoke to us about her experience of the music and of collaborating with Arcangelo.
What are Handel’s ‘Nine German Arias’ like to sing? Do you find similarities with other Handel?
The most striking thing that I’ve noticed about these pieces is their closeness to the music in ‘Giulio Cesare’. And while I wouldn’t call any of the arias particularly virtuosic, they are quite beautiful and have very detailed middle sections compared to many Handel arias.
What’s special for you about collaborating with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo?
I first worked with Jonny on ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ in the fall of 2012 for the Glyndebourne Tour. Since then we’ve worked on various concerts and recordings, as well as ‘Giulio Cesare’ last summer at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. It is always a pleasure to make music with friends, and I count Jonny and the musicians of Arcangelo as just that!
Our second US concert will be a homecoming of sorts for you – do you still get to perform in Baltimore often?
I actually live about 70 minutes from Baltimore, in Northern Virginia. This is the closest that I’ve performed to home in quite a while, though! The last time that I sang in Washington D.C., was ‘Messiah’ in 2016 with the NSO.
My next project is singing Susanna in ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ with the Royal Opera House. I’m very excited to get back to this role that I love so much and find fun things around London to do with my three-year-old daughter!
Arcangelo perform Handel ‘Nine German Arias’ and works by Bach, Buxtehude and Telemann at Carnegie Hall/Zankel Hall on 10 May, and Shriver Hall Baltimore on 12 May. Click for more information.