Music Director Nicholas McGegan leads Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and an acclaimed cast of soloists in this rarely performed masterpiece of Handelian opera. Writing of the live performance of the opera, the New York Times said, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, led by Nicholas McGegan, gave a performance of Handel s Teseo ...that confirmed its leading position in the field. The cast, led by the glowing soprano Dominique Labelle, as the witch Medea, and the outstanding lyric soprano Amanda Forsythe in the title role is buoyed by the irrepressible positive energy (New York Times) of the Orchestra under McGegan s direction. The performances were recorded live at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA on April 13-14, 2013.
**** 'Nicholas McGegan s engaging new disk ... proceeds with convivial panache ... Amanda Forsythe (Teseo), Amy Freston (Agilea) and Robin Blaze (Arcane), plus Marc Schachman, whose virtuosic oboe obbligatos embellish several arias, are all in splendid form, but it s Dominique Labelle s vengeful Medea who steals the show, cackling with comically evil relish in Sibbillando, ululando as demons torture her rival Agilea. --Graham Lock, Early Music Today, September November 2014
'… [The Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra gives a]sprightly playing. [The sound] is extremely pleasing.' --John T. Hugues, International Record Review, September 2014