Royal_Trio_300x300A Royal Trio | Arias by Handel,
Ariosti & Bononcini

A dazzling Royal trio. Founded in 1719 as the first opera company in the English-speaking world, the Royal Academy of Music commissioned and premiered some of the finest 18th-century operas, including Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Renowned American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is joined by La Nuova
Musica and David Bates for a snapshot of the Academy’s hits circa 1725, featuring arias by Handel, Ariosti, and Bononcini.

Editor's Choir - Gramophone Magazine“The music director (Bates) and countertenor (Zazzo) are a pairing made in Handel heaven.”
The Guardian, concert review


Sinfonia from Admeto (Horns: Alec Frank Gemmill and Joseph Walters)

Va Tacito e nascosto from Giulio Cesare (Lawrence Zazzo counter-tenor, Alec Frank Gemmill Horn)



The birth of the Oratorio was thanks to Giacomo Carissimi and his exceptional setting of Jephte. Along side this trail blazer, LNM perform Oratorios by Carissimi’s Student M A Charpentier alongside delicious instrumental preludes by Sebastien De Brossard. Sebastien de Brossard: Sonate en trio

Sopranos: Sophie Junker, Mhairi Lawson, Alice Gribbin, Grace Davidson, High Tenors: Nick Scott, Daniel Auchincloss, Tenors: Simon Wall, William Balkwill, Thomas Heford, Baritone: James Arthur, Jonathan McGovern, Bass: Tim Dickinson, Violins: Bojan Cicic and Sabine Stoffer, Violas: Stephanie Helchelheim and Rachel Stott, Gamba: Jonathan Rees,
G Violone: Timothy Amherst, Harpsichord/Organ: Joseph McHardy,
Theorbo: Alex McCartney


Charpentier – Le Reniement de Saint Pierre:”Tunc respexit Jesus”

SopranosCarissimi – Historia di Jephte: “Plorate filii Israel”

Handel Dixit Dominus: Et in saecula saeculorum


Harmonia Mundi: La Nuova Musica – Dixit Dominus (6min version) from Altenburger Film Production on Vimeo.


hmu907585.86Handel: Il Pastor Fido (1712)

G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Il Pastor Fido HWV8a (1712)
harmonia mundi USA HMU907585-86

‘The performance is exemplary, crisply conducted by David Bates and illuminated by stylish contributions from the soprano Lucy Crowe, the mezzo Madeleine Shaw and the countertenor Clint
van der Linde.’
Rupert Christiansen – The Daily Telegraph


For its harmonia mundi USA debut, La Nuova Musica and David Bates present a true rarity: the original 1712 version of Handel’s second London opera, Il Pastor Fido. Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of London’s Temple Church, this recording features a stellar young cast and brings back to life a score teeming with theatre and invention.

Nò! non basta a un infedele (AMARILLI Lucy Crowe soprano)

Occhi belli, voi sol siete (EURILLA Katherine Manley soprano)

Mi lasci, mi fuggi (DORINDA Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano)

La Nuova Musica: G. F. Handel: IL PASTOR FIDO (1712) from Altenburger Film Production on Vimeo.

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