Tamerlano Blog 3 (12 Feb 2010)

Detailed work with Sara Mingardo on Andronico’s beautiful Act I and Act II arias. Both in E flat major. Senesino must have been vocally impressive in this key! I coach Christianne Stotijn and Christine Schäfer privately in their roles, and improve my transposition skills! Not all rooms have harpsichords (or pianos tunes to A=415) of course. Quiet evening rereading Winton Dean’s masterly opus on Handel’s operas and studying Brahms for next week’s Salzburg concert with Emanuel Ax.