Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Partenope

A quick intro to Handel’s only comedy, Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.


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In this OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Handel's 1730 comic opera Partenope.

Set in Ancient Naples, Partenope is the story of the Neapolitan queen who is loved by three princes and one princess (!). Who will win the queen's hand in marriage?

Tune in to Houston Public Media's Classical 91.7 Saturday at noon for San Francisco Opera's broadcast of Partenope featuring Danielle de Niese in the title role.

Painting of Ancient Roman outdoor banquet
The Banquet of Cleopatra by Giambattista Tiepolo (1743) in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne