Baroque opera

The baroque era brought innovation not only to the visual but also to the performing arts; Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘favola in musica’ L’ORFEO (ORPHEUS), first staged in Mantua in 1607, was one of the earliest operas in history. From the Italian city states, this new form of staged musical play takes off on its triumphal adventure around Europe. In France, Jean-Baptiste Lully and later Jean-Philippe Rameau have great success at the royal court of Versailles. Georg Philipp Telemann, greatly influenced by the achievements of the French composers, establishes the opéra comique in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Meanwhile, his fellow countryman George Frideric Handel becomes one of the most sought-after composers in Europe. In London, his operas such as ALCINA, GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTO and RODELINDA, further develop the art form established in Great Britain 20 years earlier by Henry Purcell with his semi-operas KING ARTHUR and THE FAIRY QUEEN. Rich, luxuriant and sensual – discover the opera of the baroque era in all its facets on THE OPERA PLATFORM.

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Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe: Semele

Handel - SEMELE

In spring each year, the Badische Staatsteater Karlsruhe celebrates Handel in a festival. For the first time since 1982, this important German festival offers a new production of SEMELE directed by Floris Visse, starring Jennifer France in the title role.

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Handel - ALESSANDRO

As the symbol of a triumphant monarchy, Versailles was both an artistic and political hub. Faithful to its history, the Opéra Royal de Versailles continues to be the setting for a variety of cultural events. In 2013, leading international artists staged Handel’s ALESSANDRO.

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Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe: Arminio

Handel - ARMINIO

Handel’s ARMINIO was rediscovered thanks to this production first staged at the Handel Festival Karlsruhe in 2016.  The much sought after countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić not only sings the title role but also directs this production....

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The Opera Company: ACIS AND GALATEA

Handel - ACIS AND GALATEA

Opera Theatre Company reimagines Handel's pastoral tale ACIS AND GALATEA in a rural Irish pub; an unexpected and strangely appropriate setting for Handel’s glorious music – full of emotion, wit, soaring melodies, enchanting choruses, touching arias and comic moments....

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Streetwise Opera: The Passion

Bach – THE PASSION

Combining social commitment with serious artistic endeavour, Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen present THE PASSION, a landmark production from Manchester starring performers with experience of homelessness. Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION brought to life as a fully-staged opera.

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Monteverdi - ORPHEUS

The song of Orpheus not only moves men and beasts but also nature as well. And it almost overcomes death. Monteverdi’s musical fable becomes, thanks to visionary director Barrie Kosky and composer Elena Kats-Chernin, an explosion of sensuality.

La Monnaie: Orfeo ed Euridice

La Monnaie | ORFEO ED EURIDICE - Extract

French mezzo Stéphanie d'Oustrac sings the role of Orfeo in the brilliant production of ORFEO ED EURIDCE from 2014 at La Monnaie/De Munt, directed by Romeo Castellucci.
La Monnaie: Tamerlano

La Monnaie | TAMERLANO - Extract

Jeremy Ovenden plays the role of Bajazet in Handel’s opera TAMERLANO and here he performs the famous aria “Figlia mia non pianger, no”. The production, directed by Pierre Audi, was staged in 2015 at La Monnaie.
La Monnaie: Alcina

La Monnaie | ALCINA - Extract

A first rate cast - including Sandrine Piau, Maïté Beaumont, Giovanni Furlanetto, Angélique Noldus - shines in in La Monnaie’s landmark production of Handel’s ALCINA, staged in 2015 and directed by Pierre Audi.
Streetwise Opera: The Passion

Streetwise Opera | THE PASSION, as viewed by The Sixteen

The Sixteen are known internationally for their performances of sacred and Renaissance music. Harry Christopher, their founder and conductor, introduces this abridged version of Johann Sebastian Bach’s SAINT MATTHEW PASSION.
Streetwise Opera: The Passion

Streetwise Opera | THE PASSION’s relevance today

Penny Woolcock, director, introduces this unusual approach to a staging of Johann Sebastian Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION. The work is a journey from Jesus Christ’s crucifixion to his resurrection, with a final chorus written by Scottish composer James MacMillan.
Glyndebourne: Hippolyte et Aricie

Glyndebourne| HIPPOLYTE AND ARICIE – chance to dance

Choreographer Ashley Page, director Jonathan Kent and a company of dancers present Glyndebourne's first ever production of HIPPOLYTE AND ARICIE, premiered in 2013. They explain how they have integrated the ballet into each of the five acts of Rameau's masterpiece of French Baroque opera.