Programme Notes


Joanne Lunn (soprano)
Irish Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Whelan

Friday, September 7th | The Model Art Centre Sligo | 7:30pm
(in partnership with Con Brio)
Tickets coming soon

Saturday, September 8th | St Ann’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin | 5pm
Tickets: €25 (adult), €20 (concession), €10 (student) & €5 (children)


Joanne Lunn, “a voice like spun gold, and a face full of conviction” (The Financial Times)

Irish Baroque Orchestra are delighted to welcome star soprano Joanne Lunn for Delirio this September!

The programme features sublime music by Handel for solo soprano and orchestra, centered around Il Delirio Amoroso/The Delirium of Love.  This cantata was written during Handel’s spell in Italy in his early career and was first performed in 1707. It is a sublime work with a virtuosic soprano line, complimented by beautiful solo writing for oboe, recorder and cello. Parts of the work may be familiar to you as they were reused by Handel in later works such as Acis and Galatea and Jephta.

Il Deliriio is beautifully contrasted by the lavish Silete Venti, which is one of Handel’s most sublime motets. It is a work in five contrasting movements, culminating in a virtuosic Alleluia- which epitomises Handelian splendour in its complex melismatic writing. A true gem!

We are delighted to be joined by Joanne Lunn for Delirio. Joanne has performed and recroded with the world’s leading baroque orchestras including The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Tafelmusik and Bach Collegium Japan. A voice not to be missed!

(Cover Image: IBO Artist, Malachy Robinson- double bass. Image by Sarah Doyle Photography, 2017)

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ARTIST CHANGE: Joanne Lunn replaces Anna Devin, who has unfortunately had to withdraw due to unforeseen professional circumstances. We look forward to welcoming Anna back to IBO for Messiah in December and lots more to come.

Peter WhelanDirector
Joanne Lunn Soprano


G.F. Handel: Il Delirio Amoroso (HWV 99)
G.F. Handel: Silete Venti (HWV 242)
G.F. Handel: Sinfonia (HWV 338)