Handel’s Heroes & Heroines
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. They also hold a collection of important Handel related materials. Finally they run a series of concerts, either related with children, young artists or Handel. Those concerts are free but require to pay the entrance to the museum. However last 7th September was totally free because of the Heritage day. So it was a perfect occasion for visiting the museum and attending to a Handel recital.
Josephine Goddard, a RCM student who already has taken part in some professional productions sang a programme with 6 arias by Handel and one from Blow, Arne and Purcell. The programm was perfectly balanced between great hits (Piangero la sorte mia, When I am laid, Let the bright Seaphim) and other not so common arias from Rodelinda, Faramondo, Ariodante, etc…
It’s nice to see how schools teach now how to sing and perform opera. She totally got into each of the operatic roles and even introducted the arias she was singing. Very beautiful voice, perfectly tuned which worked very well for the expressive arias and the bravura arias.