In 1711, the 26-year-old Handel was commissioned to write an Italian opera for the Queen’s Theatre in the Haymarket. Rinaldo, the ﬁrst Italian-language opera written especially for the London stage, is arguably as English as it is Italian. Designed to
The UK premiere of Shchedrin’s witty new comedy of Anglo-Russian misunderstanding, performed by the team that gave its premiere in 2013.
Rodion Shchedrin’s The Lefthander is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions, and s
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera; and this concert performance under Valery Gergiev is the first of two
Joyce DiDonato joins the English Concert in one of her greatest roles, the sorceress Alcina, in this concert performance of Handel’s opera.
Alcina is a sorcereress. She’s also one of Handel’s most complex and fascinating anti-heroines – the und
Traditionalist Handelians had trouble accepting the playful take by director Robert Carsen and designer Gideon Davey on Rinaldo at its premiere three years ago; judging by the audience’s response to this revival under Bruno Ravella, that original resist