Although Partenope (pronounced par-ten-oh-pea) was written by Handel almost three hundred years ago, it remains very relevant to modern audiences, especially in New York City Opera’s production.
Partenope is the Queen of Naples, wooed by three very different suitors. Complex love triangles, disguised identities, and romantic confusion ensue, although of course it all works out okay in the end. The behind the scenes video below provides great insight into the creation of an opera that is Baroque and yet utterly relatable. “It’s just full of charm and humanity and incredibly beautiful music and in this production it’s a total winner.”
Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10