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Series 1 Handel:
Heaven and Harmony

View the Handel: Heaven and Harmony concert program

Handel’s triumphant “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” also heralds the arrival, for the first time in Australia, of two of the most exciting young singers working in the world today. 

Portuguese tenor Fernando Guimarães’ skill as an actor brings a rare dramatic realism to Handel’s seldom heard, but glorious cantata “Look down, harmonious Saint”. Guimarães’ total command of the stage is underpinned by a formidable technique, and a searching, academic mind. 

To hear the masterful Ode for St Cecilia’s Day in its entirety is to experience exactly what music meant to Handel. Taken from a text by the poet John Dryden, it celebrates music as the central force in the creation of the world. Argentine soprano Mariana Flores’ clear toned authority and sensual edge will take this ravishing showcase for soprano, tenor, orchestra and choir to new heights.

And finally, the distinct and contrasting sounds of these two very special singers are brought together in the love duet “Tra amplessi innocenti” (Only amid innocent embraces), from the cantata Cecilia, creating, for a few moments, a singular perfection.


Handel Sinfonia “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon HWV 67
Handel Cantata “Look down, harmonious Saint” HWV 124
Handel Ode For St Cecilia’s Day HWV 76
Handel Duet “Tra amplessi innocenti” from Cecilia, volgi un sguardo HWV 89


Mariana Flores (Argentina) soprano
Fernando Guimarães (Portugal) tenor
Brandenburg Choir
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Artistic Director and Conductor – Paul Dyer 

Dates & Tickets



Melbourne Recital Centre
Sat 7 Mar 7pm 
Sun 8 Mar 5pm

City Recital Hall Angel Place
Wed 25 Feb 7pm 
Fri 27 Feb 7pm 
Sat 28 Feb 7pm 
Wed 4 Mar 7pm 
Fri 6 Mar 7pm 
Sat 28 Feb 2pm (Matinee)