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An Aria A Day #48

‘Leave me, loasthsome light’
from Semele
by George Frideric Handel

25th June, 2020

Brisbane baritone Daniel Smerdon has spent lockdown polishing his cello playing skills, an instrument his first studied before turning to voice.

For this passionate performance, Daniel accompanies himself not once, not twice – but five times, creating a virtual cello quintet. ‘Leave me, loathsome light’ holds a very special place in Daniel’s heart as it was the first song he performed as a professional artist and won him his first vocal competition.

Join Daniel in his parents’ home for this rousing rendition of Somnus’ Act 3 aria from Handel’s ‘Semele’.

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