30 April, 1, 3, 4 May 2013
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The free-spirited Princess Atalanta has escaped to the forest to live as a huntress. Smitten Prince Meleagro will do anything to win her affection – even disguise himself as a lowly shepherd.
When the royal pair get mixed up in the romantic tribulations of a real shepherd and shepherdess, comedy and heartbreak inevitably ensue.
Handel’s delightful pastoral opera includes all the hallmarks of his style: lightness, energy, humour and passion, culminating in jubilant celebration once the course of true love finally does run smooth.
Stage director: Victoria Newlyn
Set Designer: Tom Oldham
Conductor: Andrew Jones
Sarah Power, ATALANTA
"The Irish soprano Sarah Power gave a radiant, word-lively recital of Bellini, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Martin and Strauss […] Her sheer full-hearted exhuberance of communication doubtless won the jury’s heart."
Hilary Finch, The Times
Final of the Kathleen Ferrier Singing Competition, Wigmore Hall, Apr 2010 and
Final of the Handel Singing Competition, St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, Mar 2010
Erica Eloff, MELEAGRO
“Everyone loves a winner. And, from the moment she began her final recital at the start of this year's Handel Singing Competition, the South African soprano Erica Eloff looked and sounded the part... and I can't wait to hear her again... She really inhabited each aria - and at the end was radiant with laughter as though she'd enjoyed every minute. We certainly did …” – Hilary Finch, The Times
winner of the LONDON HANDEL COMPETITION, 2008
Anna Huntley, IRENE
Recent concert appearances include recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Musikverein, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts with Graham Johnson, a Barbican Residency and performances of music by Bach and Handel with Trevor Pinnock and Laurence Cummings.
Mark Chaundy, AMINTA
Mark studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music winning an NFMS Award, a Samling Scholarship and Susan Chilcott Bursary. Concert appearances include Messiah with the CBSO, Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada at the Barbican, and Haydn's Creation with the Northern Sinfonia
Rob Gildon, NICANDRO
‘Baritone Robert Gildon has a rich, powerful voice that fills the room and when accompanied by Natalie Raybould and Tamsin Dalley the sound is otherworldly’ The Scotsman ‘Hot show’
Recent engagements include Starvelling ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream and Gaoler ‘La Perichole’ for Garsington Opera, and the upcoming ‘Heart in a Box’ for Garsington.
Richard Latham, MERCURIO
"Moving on to Poulenc's droll song output, baritone Richard Latham provided a lesson in true French style with the four Apollinaire settings". Rowena Smith, The Herald (Scotland), July 2009
Richard Latham studied music at Cambridge and then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Recent engagements include performances at Wigmore Hall and Garsington.
Our productions are performed in a style musically and visually sympathetic to the original productions in Handel's time. So far we have presented fourteen of Handel’s operas, some in their original form for the first time since the eighteenth century.