Friday 19 May 2006

Handel's Family Tree

My review Wednesday night's performance of Handel's Tolomeo should be appearing at the weekend. Rather interestingly, the opera features 2 historical characters. Ptolomy IX (Tolomeo) and Ptolomy X Alexander I (Alessandro) of Egypt. Their mother (who does not actually appear in the opera, but is referred to) was Cleopatra III, who features as the Cleopatra character in Handel's oratorio Alexander Balus. Ptolomy IX was succeeded by his daughter Berenice III, who features as the lead role in Handel's opera Berenice.

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