Vivaldi e Handel Arie e concerti

Following the many years of tradition, the festival’s closing concert will present a choice of consummate arias produced by two eminent baroque composers: George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi, whose music has provided the foundation for the Misteria Paschalia Festival and the Opera Rara cycle for years. The programme of the concert is a true journey in time and space: we will take a peek at Thessaly in the days of ancient Greece, at Israel of the Old Testament, and Jerusalem in the days of the First Crusade, before ending with a visit to medieval Scotland.

The first part of the concert focuses on the person of Armida, a role performed by the delectable mezzosoprano Natalia Kawałek. We will hear her in a selection of Armida’s arias from Rinaldo, an opera considered one of Handel’s greatest masterpieces, and the secular cantata Armida abbandonata. The second part will resound with excerpts from two of Vivaldi’s works – Griselda and Juditha triumphans – and the whole will close with the beauteous aria of Ginevra, daughter of the King of Scotland, Volante amori from Handel’s opera Ariodante. Moreover, the programme of the concert is complemented with Vivaldi’s concertos for two trumpets.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto in C major for 2 trumpets RV 537


George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Furie terribili
(Rinaldo HWV 7)

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Dietro l’orme fugaci… A crudele
(Armida abbandonata HWV 105)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto in D major for 2 trumpets RV 781


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Ombre vane
(Griselda RV 718)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Armatae face
(Juditha triumphans RV 644)

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Volate amori
(Ariodante HWV 33)


Natalia Kawałek – mezzo-soprano
Paweł Gajewski, Marian Magiera – trumpet
Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments

Robert Bachara – leader