Monday, March 11, 2013

Morgan Pearse's "Crack" Performance in Handel's Imeneo

Morgan Pearse and Louise Alder
Barihunk Morgan Pearse showed a little crack in his performance in the title role of Handel's Imeneo with the London Handel Festival. After receiving a tip form a reader, we introduced the Aussie hunk to readers in November 2011. We recently featured him again when he continued the barihunk winning streak by taking the top prize at the Royal Over-Seas League competition.

The production opens tonight at the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music in London with three additional performances. Pearse will perform tonight and on March 13th, with Luke D. Williams alternating on March 12th and 14th. The role of Argenio is being alternated between Timothy Nelson and Bradley Travis, two attractive singers who we need to start keeping an eye on. Tickets and additional information are available online.

Australian Barihunk Morgan Pearse in Imeneo
The Italian-language libretto of Imeneo was adapted from poet Silvio Stampiglia's text. Handel had begun composition in September 1738, but did not complete the score until 1740. The opera received its first performance at the Lincoln's Inn Fields in London on November 22, 1740, and received another performance on December 13th. Handel then revised the score, and this revised version received concert performances in Dublin, on 24 and 31 March 1742. The first modern production was at the Halle Opera House on 13 March 1960, conducted by Horst-Tanu Margraf.

Listen to Imeneo in its entirety with John Ostendorf, bass-baritone. Rosmene, Julianne Baird, soprano. Tirinto, D'Anna Fortunati, mezzo-soprano. Clomiri, Beverly Hoch, soprano. Argenio, Jan Opalach, bass. Brewer Chamber Orchestra & Chorus, Rudolph Palmer.:


  1. a little "CRACK" doesn't hurt anyone,does it????

  2. A nice performance, but I think he CRACKed on some of the top notes.