Opera Essentia

Fri, 26 May 2023 6:00 pm


Rosmenes Choice Artwork Square with TitleRosmene’s Choice

A 70-minute distillation of Handel’s practically unknown Imeneo from 1742. Contrasting opera’s usually expensive and exclusive productions, Opera Essentia offers performances free of charge in neighborhoods which lack centers for the Arts. Handel perfectly conveys character and emotion through deeply expressive writing for the human voice, here woven into an intimate sound chronicle which all can enjoy. Rosmene’s Choice reveals one woman’s struggle with her impossible situation. Hounded on all sides, she must choose between being faithful or grateful. Unwilling to reject one of her obsessed suitors, will Rosmene follow the path of Love or Duty?

Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27 at 6 pm
Campos Community Garden, 644 East 12th Street, Manhattan

Friday, June 2 at 6 pm
Crotona Park Amphitheatre, 559 Claremont Pkwy, Bronx

Saturday, June 3 at 6 pm
Herbert Von King Park Amphitheatre, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Free Admission to all performances

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GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music — playing repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.