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William Towers sings the title role, with Jenny Stafford singing the part of the sorceress Melissa, whose infatuation with Amadigi drives her to imprison his love Oriana (Harriet Eyley) and torment him and his companion turned rival, Dardano (Rebecca Afonwy-Jones), with shape-shifting spells and devilish devices.
English Touring Opera’s period instrument orchestra partner, the Old Street Band, is conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny, and the production is directed by James Conway, reuniting the team responsible for celebrated Handel productions Giulio Cesare (2017, 2020), Xerxes (2016) and 2009’s Handelfest (a hugely successful and unprecedented undertaking of performing five different Handel operas over five consecutive nights).
Handel’s exuberant, rarely performed opera explores the powerlessness of young people in the face of all-consuming love. Vividly depicting the feverish highs and devastating lows of infatuation, the opera is brimming with exquisite arias and tuneful music that pre-echoes work such as the composer’s Water Music and the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
The small but important role of the boy, Orgando, will be taken by a young singer local to each venue, found through an open audition process, building on ETO’s strong history of working with children’s choirs and young singers from all over the country.
English Touring Opera (ETO)
English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK. ETO travels to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, touring annually to around 55 venues and presenting as many as 110 performances per year. Their aim is to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions featuring some of the finest talent in opera. ETO are an Olivier Award winning company, having won the Outstanding Achievement in Opera Award at thE 2014 ceremony.
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