Opera Essentia

Fri, 24 May 2024 6:00 pm


Opera Essentia Antigone web"From Hell to Antigone", a One-Hour Distillation of Handel's Admeto [1727]

This steamy love triangle saga unfolds in bittersweet beauty, one ravishing aria after another. Betrayal, Longing, Jealousy, and Bewilderment just scratch the surface. A curse reversed, a rejection amended, but then she's back from the dead... How can a heart survive it all??

Opera Essentia performs with harpsichord and gut string quartet, in various New York City locales — mostly outdoors. This is the third curation of a Handel work by Artistic Director and countertenor, Jeffrey Mandelbaum. With Nicole Besa, Kristin Renee Young, Melisa Bonetti, Hans Tashjian and Rebecca Pechefsky.

Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25 at 6 pm
[Rain dates Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 at 6 pm]

Campos Community Garden, 644 East 12th Street, Alphabet City, Manhattan

Friday, May 31 at 6 pm
Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mt Morris Park West, Harlem, Manhattan

Sunday, June 2  at 3 pm
Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Free Admission for 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.