Bridget Cunningham - Handel’s Queens


Rivalry, Jealousy, Catfights - the London press were fascinated by the arrival of two Italian sopranos in the early 18th century and set them up against each other.  Was this over-exaggeration or fact?


I caught up with Director of London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham, to talk all about the making of Handel's Queens and the music written for Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni.  Fascinating story, wonderful singing, exquisite direction, the album was BBC Music Magazine's Recording of the Month in October 2019: "Handel has never sounded better".


Handel's Queens is on the Signum Classics Label (

Bridget Cunningham - Director

Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan: Sopranos

London Early Opera


Music included in this podcast (in order):


  • Fra catene ognor penando from Scanderbeg RV 732 by Antonio Vivaldi  (Lucy Crowe) 1718 


  •  Da Tempeste il legno infranto from Guilio Cesare HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel (Lucy Crowe) 1724


  • Recit:  Solitudini amate and Arioso: Aure, fonti, ombre gradite from Alessandro HWV 21 by George Frideric Handel   (Mary Bevan) 1726


  • Ascolta o  figlio from Astianatte by Giovanni Bononcini  (Lucy Crowe)  1727


  •  Se fosse il mio diletto from Dalisa by Johann Adolph Hasse (Mary Bevan) 1730


  •  Placa l’alma duet from Alessandro by George Frideric Handel (Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan) 1726


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