The festival which runs from 11 to 28 May, 2017, in the town in Lower Saxony, Germany, is under the artistic directorship of Laurence Cummings, who is also musical director of the London Handel Festival. London audiences will recognise many of the singers, with the opera casts including Marie Lys, Jorge Navarro Colorado and Anna Dennis, not to mention Simone Kermes
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(called Lotario in Handel's opera) at the Meissen Cathedral
And Handel's rarely performed opera Silla (Lucio Cornelio Silla) a 1713 work which may have been a one-off piece d'occasion and whose music was recycled into Amadigi di Gaula, will be given a semi staged production with Baroque costumes and historical gesture. It will be Dorothee Oberlinger's first project as an operatic conductor, with a cast including Dmitry Sinkovsky and Anna Dennis. Also in the programme is Haydn's late, unfinished Orfeo ed Euridice with a cast including Simone Kermes.
Sacred music is represented by Handel's rare excursion into kapellmeister territory with the Brockes Passion, and his oratorio Israel in Egypt, as well a concert of Roman Catholic church music by Handel and his Italian contemporaries. Israel in Egypt will be presented in Handel's original three-part version with the familiar two parts preceded by music which Handel recycled from The Ways of Zion do Mourn, the funeral anthem for Queen Caroline.
The poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, whose work Handel set in the Brockes Passion is the subject of a festival focus with symposium, lecture and late-evening concert all examining his work further.
Full information from the festival website.