A 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. “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 along side delicious instrumental preludes by Sebastien De Brossard.

Sebastien de Brossard: Sonate en trio

Carissimi – Historia di Jephte: “Plorate filii Israel”

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

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  

Handel | Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus

G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Dixit Dominus  HWV232 / A. Vivaldi (1678-1741) Dixit Dominus RV807 | In furore iustissimae RV626 harmonia mundi USA  HMU90758

David Bates leads La Nuova Musica in a pair of contrasting settings of Psalm 109 for harmonia mundi USA. Handel’s masterful and ambitious HWV 282 was penned in 1707 during a youthful visit to Italy. Vivaldi’s vivid and economical RV 807 (his third “Dixit Dominus”) was long mistakenly attributed to Baldassare Galuppi; it probably dates from the early 1730s. Rounding out the programme is Vivaldi’s dazzling motet for solo voice, in furore iustissimae irae, featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.


Vivaldi Dixit Dominus: Dominus a dextris tuis (Simon Wall tenor)

Dominus a dextris

Vivaldi In furore: In furore iustissimae (Lucy Crowe soprano)

In furore

Handel Dixit Dominus: Et in saecula saeculorum

Et in saecula


Watch the Dixit Dominus EPK by Emanuel Altenburger


Lucy Crowe soprano (Vivaldi RV626)

Handel: 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)

No! non basta a un infedele

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

Occhi belli, voi sol siete

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

Mi lasci, mi fuggi


Film of the recording sessions for Il Pastor Fido by Emanuel Altenburger


  • AMARILLI Lucy Crowe soprano
  • MIRTILLO Anna Dennis soprano
  • EURILLA Katherine Manley soprano
  • DORINDA Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano
  • SILVIO Clint van der Linde countertenor
  • TIRENIO Lisandro Abadie bass-baritone