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Handel’s Esther, with The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Sestina

Handel’s Esther, with The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Sestina

05 Apr 2019

The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Sestina will present one of the forgotten gems of the baroque repertoire, George Frideric Handel’s ESTHER on Friday 5 April at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast from 7.30 pm. 

Believed to be the first English Oratorio, Handel’s setting of the tale of Queen Esther portrays the story with a wide array of musical tones and nuances. Peter Whelan directs the Irish Baroque Orchestra with oboe, horns, trumpet and harp animating the heightened drama at critical points. The magnificent young singers of Sestina provide the minor roles and chorus throughout. Irish soprano Anna Devin is widely admired for her “impeccable Baroque style” (Bachtrack), “vocal control…artistry and musico–dramatic intelligence,” (Opera News). For this performance, Anna performs the titular role with Spanish tenor, Jorge Navarro Colorado, ‘… who has a sound that is never forced, agile coloratura and an easy high register’ ( in the role of King Assuerus.

Tickets are priced at £20 (adult), £18 (concession), £10 (student) & £5 (children), the booking link can be found on

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