Bridget Cunningham & London Early Opera Announce June 2022 Release of Handel’s ‘Caio Fabbricio’

By Chris Ruel
Photo: Victoria Cadisch

Renowned musicologist, conductor, and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham, with her organization, London Early Opera, has announced a fascinating recording project set to drop in June 2022. The album will premiere Handel’s pasticcio opera, “Caio Fabbricio.”

In a mid-18th century battle for opera house superiority in London, Handel looked for ways to compete successfully against the rival company, The Opera of the Nobility.

Rather than start from scratch, Handel re-worked composer Johann Adolf Hasse’s “Cajo Fabricio,” pulling from it a number of arias, while adding his own newly composed recitatives, along with additional numbers by Albinoni, Corselli, and Leo.

Handel’s three-act opera calls for seven singers and orchestra, and comprises an overture, 21 arias, recitatives, and a choral finale.

As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Cunningham has embarked on a journey to create a series of Handel recordings with Signum Classics. To date, five albums have dropped. “Handel at Vauxhall” (Vols. 1 and 2), “Handel in Italy” (Vols. 1 and 2), and Handel in Ireland (Vol. 1).