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Susannah Cibber at Handel House

13 May 2014 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Luke Holmes will guide us through the exhibition celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of Susannah Cibber who sang in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742 giving a moving performance of the aria He was despised.    She had fled to Dublin following a scandalous trial in which her husband accused her of adultery.    Handel invited her to return to London with Messiah and her career again flourished.  She became one of the most significant actresses of the 18th century.  The exhibition tells Susannah’s dramatic and moving life story through exhibits, contemporary texts and music.  The tour will last approximately 1 hour.   Cost:  £10 Patrons and Friends; £15 guests.  RSVP to RSVP@UKFriendsofNMWA.org  Image credit:  © The Handel House Trust LtdSusannah Cibber was one of the most celebrated — and became the highest paid — dramatic actresses of the 18th century London Stage.  She was also tabloid fodder as her suggestive private life led to a scandalous adultery trial forcing Cibber to flee to Dublin.  There she was cast by Handel in the Messiah singing the aria He was despised to great acclaim.  So moved by her performance, a well-known cleric proclaimed “Woman for this be all thy sins forgiven thee.”  She returned to London and a glorious career. Luke Holmes, researcher and writer at the Handel Museum, will guide us through this exhibition celebrating the dramatic and moving life story of Susannah Cibber on the tercentenary of her birth. Cost:  £10 Patrons and Friends; £15 guests.  RSVP to RSVP@UKFriendsofNMWA.org Image credit:  ‘© The Handel House Trust Ltd’


13 May 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Handel House
25 Brook Street
London, W1K 4HB
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