MÉDÉE BY CHARPENTIER
Thu 18 June 7pm, Sat 20 June 2pm, Sun 21 June 5pm, Tue 23 June 7pm, 2020
Médée’s passion for Jason turns to murderous fury when he shifts his attention to a younger woman. Is there anything she won’t do to get her revenge?
Charpentier’s sensual lyricism and dramatic insight take us deep inside the mind and heart of this terrifying woman who refuses to be a victim – even at the cost of her own flesh and blood.
PURCELL AND CHARPENTIER IN CONCERT
Sat 12 September 7pm, Sun 13 September 5pm, 2020
Music fit for royalty: Charpentier’s majestic Te Deum was written in honour of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and its grandeur and elegance reflect the magnificence of his palace at Versailles. Across the Channel, written just one year later, Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art celebrates the birthday of Queen Mary with music of sheer delight.
RINALDO BY HANDEL
Thu 3 December 7pm, Sat 5 December 2pm, Sun 6 December 5pm, Tue 8 December 7pm, Wed 9 December 7pm, 2020
In this magical tale of chivalry and cunning, the knight Rinaldo battles the scheming sorceress Armida to rescue his beloved Almirena. This was the first Italian opera ever written for the London stage, and it catapulted the young Handel to fame and fortune with its brilliant display of arias, duets and orchestral effects, by turns ravishing and thrilling.