Handel's Singers

Who premiered which roles, and what repertoire might fit your voice, too.

Sopranos

Anna Maria Strada

Anna Maria Strada
premiered 20 roles

HWV 7b: Rinaldo, Almirena
HWV 8c: Il pastor fido, Erato
HWV 26: Lotario, Adelaide
HWV 27: Partenope, Partenope
HWV 28: Poro, Cleofide
HWV 29: Ezio, Fulvia
HWV 30: Sosarme, Elmira
HWV 31: Orlando, Angelica
HWV 32: Arianna, Arianna
HWV 33: Ariodante, Ginevra
HWV 34: Alcina, Alcina
HWV 35: Atalanta, Atalanta
HWV 36: Arminio, Tusnelda
HWV 37: Giustino, Arianna
HWV 38: Berenice, Berenice
HWV 49B: Acis and Galatea, Galatea
HWV 50B: Esther, Esther
HWV 51: Deborah, Deborah
HWV 52: Athalia, Athalia
HWV 75: Alexander's Feast, soprano
Elisabeth Duparc, La Francesina

Elisabeth Duparc, La Francesina
premiered 12 roles

HWV 39: Faramondo, Clotilde
HWV 40: Serse, Romilda
HWV 41: Imeneo, Rosmene
HWV 42: Deidamia, Deidamia
HWV 53: Saul, Michal
HWV 54: Israel in Egypt, soprano
HWV 55: L'allegro, Penseroso
HWV 58: Semele, Semele
HWV 59: Joseph, Asenath
HWV 60: Hercules, Iole
HWV 61: Belshazzar, Nitocris
HWV 62: Occasional Oratorio, soprano

Francesca Cuzzoni

Francesca Cuzzoni
premiered 11 roles

HWV 15: Ottone, Teofane
HWV 16: Flavio, Emilia
HWV 17: Giulio Cesare, Cleopatra
HWV 18: Tamerlano, Asteria
HWV 19: Rodelinda, Rodelinda
HWV 20: Scipione, Berenice
HWV 21: Alessandro, Lisaura
HWV 22: Admeto, Antigona
HWV 23: Riccardo Primo, Costanza
HWV 24: Siroe, Laodice
HWV 25: Tolomeo, Seleuce

Margherita Durastanti
premiered 9 roles

HWV 6: Agrippina, Agrippina
HWV 12a: Radamisto, Radamisto
HWV 12b: Radamisto, Radamisto
HWV 13: Muzio Scevola, Clelia
HWV 15: Ottone, Gismonda
HWV 16: Flavio, Vitige
HWV 17: Giulio Cesare, Sesto
HWV 32: Arianna in Creta, Tauride

Cecilia Young-Arne
premiered 5 roles

HWV 33: Ariodante, Dalinda
HWV 34: Alcina, Morgana
HWV 53: Saul, Merab
HWV 69: Hercules, Virtue
HWV 75: Alexander's Feast, alto

Faustina Bordoni
premiered 5 roles

HWV 21: Alessandro, Rossane
HWV 22: Admeto, Alceste
HWV 23: Riccardo Primo, Pulcheria
HWV 24: Siroe, Emira
HWV 25: Tolomeo, Elisa

Giulia Frasi
premiered 5 roles

HWV 66: Susanna, Susanna
HWV 67: Solomon, Pharoah's Daughter, Queen of Sheba, First Harlot
HWV 68: Theodora, Theodora
HWV 70: Jephtha, Iphis
HWV 71: The Triumph of Time, Beauty


Mezzos & Altos

Francesco Bernardi, Senesino
premiered 22 roles

HWV 7b: Rinaldo, Rinaldo
HWV 12b: Radamisto, Radamisto
HWV 13: Muzio Scevola, Muzio Scevola
HWV 14: Floridante, Floridante
HWV 15: Ottone, Ottone
HWV 16: Flavio, Guido
HWV 17: Giulio Cesare, Giulio Cesare
HWV 18: Tamerlano, Andronico
HWV 19: Rodelinda, Bertarido
HWV 20: Scipione, Lucejo
HWV 21: Alessandro, Alessandro
HWV 22: Admeto, Admeto
HWV 23: Riccardo Primo, Riccardo
HWV 24: Siroe, Siroe
HWV 25: Tolomeo, Tolomeo
HWV 28: Poro, Poro
HWV 29: Ezio, Ezio
HWV 30: Sosarme, Sosarme
HWV 31: Orlando, Orlando
HWV 49b: Acis and Galatea, Acis
HWV 50b: Esther, Ahaseurus
HWV 51: Deborah, Barak

Francesca Bertolli
premiered 13 roles

HWV 7b: Rinaldo, Argante
HWV 26: Lotario, Idelberto
HWV 27: Partenope, Armindo
HWV 28: Poro, Gandarte
HWV 29: Ezio, Onoria
HWV 30: Sosarme, Melo
HWV 31: Orlando, Medoro
HWV 36: Arminio, Ramise
HWV 37: Giustino, Leocasta
HWV 38: Berenice, Selene
HWV 49b: Acis and Galatea, Dorinda
HWV 50b: Esther, Harbonah & Mordecai
HWV 51: Deborah, Sisera

Antonio Baldi
premiered 7 roles

HWV 20: Scipione, Scipione
HWV 21: Alessandro, Tassile
HWV 22: Admeto, Trasimede
HWV 23: Riccardo Primo, Oronte
HWV 24: Siroe, Medarse
HWV 25: Tolomeo, Alessandro

Caterina Galli
premiered 7 roles

HWV 63: Judas Maccabaeus, Israelitish Man
HWV 64: Joshua, Othniel
HWV 65: Alexander Balus, Alexander Balus
HWV 66: Susanna, Joachim
HWV 67: Solomon, Solomon
HWV 68: Theodora, Irene
HWV 70: Jephtha, Storgé

Anastasia Robinson
premiered 7 roles

HWV 11: Amadigi di Gaula, Oriana
HWV 12a: Radamisto, Zenobia
HWV 13: Muzio Scevola, Irene
HWV 14: Floridante, Elmira
HWV 15: Ottone, Matilda
HWV 16: Flavio, Teodata
HWV 17: Giulio Cesare, Cornelia

Maria Caterina Negri
premiered 7 roles

HWV 32: Arianna in Creta, Carilda
HWV 33: Ariodante, Polinesso
HWV 34: Alcina, Bradamante
HWV 35: Atalanta, Irene
HWV 36: Arminio, Tullio
HWV 37: Giustino, Amanzio
HWV 38: Berenice, Arsace


Tenors

John Beard
premiered 20 roles

HWV 33: Ariodante, Lurcanio
HWV 34: Alcina, Oronte
HWV 35: Atalanta, Aminta
HWV 36: Arminio, Varo
HWV 37: Giustino, Vitaliano
HWV 38: Berenice, Fabio
HWV 53: Saul, Jonathan
HWV 54: Israel in Egypt, tenor
HWV 55: L'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato, tenor
HWV 57: Samson, Samson
HWV 58: Semele, Jupiter
HWV 59: Joseph and his Brethren, Simeon & Judah
HWV 60: Hercules, Hyllus
HWV 61: Belshazzar, Belshazzar and Gobrias
HWV 62: The Occasional Oratorio, tenor
HWV 63: Judas Maccabaeus, Judas
HWV 70: Jephtha, Jephtha
HWV 71: The Triumph of Time and Truth, Pleasure
HWV 75: Alexander's Feast, tenor

Thomas Lowe
premiered 7 roles

HWV 57: Samson, Israelitish & Philistine men
HWV 64: Joshua, Joshua
HWV 65: Alexander Balus, Jonathan
HWV 66: Susanna, First elder
HWV 67: Solomon, Zadok
HWV 68: Theodora, Septimius
HWV 69: The Choice of Hercules, Attendant on Pleasure

Annibale Pio Fabri, Balino
premiered 7 roles

HWV 7b: Rinaldo, Goffredo
HWV 26: Lotario, Berengario
HWV 27: Partenope, Emilio
HWV 28: Poro, Alessandro
HWV 36: Arminio, Arminio
HWV 37: Giustino, Giustino
HWV 38: Berenice, Demetrio


Giovanni Battista Pinacci
premiered 3 roles

HWV 29: Ezio. Massimo
HWV 30: Sosarme, Haliate
HWV 49b: Acis and Galatea, Silvio


Baritones & Basses

Henry Theodore Reinhold
premiered 20 roles

HWV 35: Atalanta, Mercurio
HWV 36: Arminio, Segeste
HWV 37: Giustino, Polidarte
HWV 38: Berenice, Aristobolo
HWV 41: Imeneo, Argenio
HWV 42: Deidamia, Licomede
HWV 54: Israel in Egypt, bass
HWV 55: L'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato, bass
HWV 57: Samson, Harapha
HWV 58: Semele; Cadmus, High Priest, Somnus
HWV 59: Joseph and his Brethren, Pharaoh & Reuben
HWV 60: Hercules, Hercules
HWV 61: Belshazzar, Cyrus (butt the role of Gobrias was composed for him)
HWV 62: The Occasional Oratorio, bass
HWV 63: Judas Maccabaeus, Simon & Eupolemus
HWV 64: Joshua, Caleb
HWV 65: Alexander Balus, Ptolomee
HWV 66: Susanna, Second Elder, Chelsias
HWV 67: Solomon, Levite
HWV 68: Theodora, Valens

Giuseppe Maria Boschi
premiered 16 roles

HWV 6: Agrippina, Pallante
HWV 7a: Rinaldo, Argante
HWV 12b: Radamisto, Tiridate
HWV 13: Muzio Scevola, Porsena
HWV 14: Floridante, Oronte
HWV 15: Ottone, Emireno
HWV 16: Flavio, Lotario
HWV 17: Giulio Cesare, Achilla
HWV 18: Tamerlano, Leone
HWV 19: Rodelinda, Garibaldo
HWV 20: Scipione, Ernando
HWV 21: Alessandro Clito
HWV 22: Admeto, Ercole
HWV 23: Riccardo Primo, Isacio
HWV 24: Siroe, Cosroe
HWV 25: Tolomeo, Araspe

Antonio Montagnana
premiered 8 roles

HWV 29: Ezio, Varo
HWV 30: Sosarme, Altomaro
HWV 31: Orlando, Zoroastro
HWV 39: Faramondo, Gustavo
HWV 40: Serse, Ariodate
HWV 49b: Acis and Galatea, Polifemo
HWV 50b: Esther, Haman
HWV 51: Deborah, Abinoam & Chief Priest of the Israelites

Gustavus Waltz
premiered 8 roles

HWV 32: Arianna in Creta, Minos
HWV 33: Ariodante, Il Re di Scozia
HWV 34: Alcina, Melisso
HWV 35: Atalanta, Nicandro
HWV 52: Athalia, Abner
HWV 53: Saul, Saul
HWV 54: Israel in Egypt, bass