Dionysos: Music, Live Art & Celebration
Tickets £30 (£27 concs)
Throughout history, the story of Medea has fascinated composers, never more so than in France in the 17th and 18th centuries. The acclaimed Olivier Award-nominated Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn are joined by mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick for Bernier's cantata Médée and excerpts from Charpentier's magnificent opera of the same name.
Join the EOC ensemble of strings, lute and harpsichord on an operatic journey through the French Baroque, taking on this most dangerous of divas.
Sun 4 Oct 7.30pm
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Founded by its music director, Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company is one of Britain’s leading early music ensembles.
We have featured on BBC Four and Radio 3; revelled in the candlelight of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for Cavalli L’Ormindo in partnership with The Royal Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe; told the story of 300 years of St John’s Smith Square through a gala performance; given intimate In Conversation concerts for Spitalfields Music Summer Festival with Anna Stéphany, Mhairi Lawson and Iestyn Davies; revealed the glories of the French baroque at Wigmore Hall with Charpentier La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers; performed Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses in the intimate splendour of Iford Manor; taken Handel Acis and Galatea to both Oundle and Kilkenny Festivals; presented Rameau Platée, Handel Messiah and Purcell King Arthur, including an abridged version of King Arthur for family and school audiences.
This year we were honoured to receive an Olivier nomination (Outstanding Achievement in Opera) for our work with The Royal Opera in Monteverdi Orfeo at The Roundhouse and Cavalli L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Recent adventures include our work with Wigmore Learning on a newly-crafted community opera by Alasdair Nicholson incorporating the stories and music of Purcell King Arthur and performances of Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus with The Royal Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe. You can hear us again in Rameau Castor et Pollux (20 November) and Handel Silete Venti (18 March) at St John’s Smith Square, and Handel La Resurrectione (26 June) at Wigmore Hall.
Our award-winning Handel opera recordings on Chandos include Serse, Alceste, Partenope, Semele and Flavio, and Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno on Wigmore Live.