You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Opera Review

‘Partenope’ is musical, flirty fun

‘Partenope” has never been seen on any list of Handel’s greatest hits. Since its debut in 1730, in fact, it’s hardly been seen at all. Its initial modest success at London’s King’s Theatre was followed by a disastrous Covent Garden revival in 1737. It didn’t resurface till the 20th century, and then sporadically; its first-ever performance in Italy took place in 2009.

You can blame its unpopularity on the soap-operaish plot, which climaxes with a stripped-to-the-waist duel between two of the male protagonists — one of whom is actually a woman. But there’s nothing wrong with Handel’s music, and it was exciting to hear most of the opera (uncut, it would run over three hours) from Boston Baroque and its artistic director, Martin Pearlman, Saturday at Jordan Hall.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week