Hard to Handel is a surprising blend of music and movement that showcases the playful side of George Frideric Handel. In this piece, our ladies cheerfully dither over the pain caused by the two tyrants, “blind love and cruel beauty”. Handel later repurposes these tunes to very different effect—as Messiah choruses “For unto us a child is born” and “All we like sheep have gone astray!” By assigning this chamber duet “No, di voi non vo fidarmi” to a double duet of singer-dancers, Opera Frontier treats the audience not only to the sound of Handel’s delicious vocal lines, but also to the balletic and light-hearted movements they inspire. Warning: This piece may forever change how you hear the Messiah!!
This clip features “So per prova”, the third of three movements in an earlier performance of Hard to Handel.