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Early Opera Company

The vision of the Early Opera Company, founded by its Music Director, Christian Curnyn, is to celebrate baroque music in ways that delight and inspire. It collaborates with world-class artists, inspires audiences with outstanding productions, recordings, and broadcasts of baroque opera and early music, and invests in the professional development of the next generation of musicians specialising in the baroque. The Company is proud to work closely with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, with which it was nominated for an Olivier Award (Outstanding Achievement in Opera) for a production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Roundhouse and of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The association continued with five-star reviews of Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse. The company has a strong reputation for its performances of works by Handel, including Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Acis and Galatea, Serse, Alceste, and La resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, London. It also regularly features works of the French baroque, such as Charpentier’s Actéon and Rameau’s Platée and Castor et Pollux. Frequently broadcast on BBC, it appeared on #OperaPassion Day on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune from the Victoria and Albert Museum, BBC4’s TV series Rule Britannia: Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century, BBC Radio 3’s Opera on 3 (Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses), and at the BBC Proms. Its discography on Chandos, earning accolades from BBC Music and Gramophone, includes recordings of Serse, Alceste, Partenope, Semele, and Flavio. Partnerships with festivals and venues have led the Early Opera Company to create numerous operas with Iford Arts, explore Monteverdi’s music with zero-to-four-year-olds in Spitalfields Music’s Musical Rumpus, stage J.S. Bach’s witty ‘Coffee’ Cantata in a Hoxton art gallery, perform Alasdair Nicolson’s Reimagining King Arthur for young audiences with Wigmore Learning, and duet with East London Dance and their choreographers.

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