Fresh from the success of its Gramophone Award shortlisted Eccles’ Semele (2021) the vibrant young Cambridge Handel Opera Company returns in spring 2022 with a brand new production of Handel’s intense psychological opera, Tamerlano.

Founded in 2016, Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) presents thrilling performances that integrate the stagecraft of Handel’s time with the libretti and music of his operas, supported by leading period instrumentalists.

The company staged its first production (Handel’s Rodelinda; pictured) in 2018 and has since been shortlisted for the 2021 Gramophone Award for its performance and recording of Eccles’ Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music.

In TamerlanoDionysios Kyropoulos directs an outstanding cast led by ‘heart-stopping’ James Laing in the title role. CHOC Artistic Director Julian Perkins conducts some of the finest period instrumentalists of our time, Sounds Baroque.

Julian Perkins comments: “Tamerlano probes dilemmas of loyalty, identity, family and yearning. Paternal heartache, royal status, thwarted love and frustrated passion collide to devastating effect. Handel’s masterly score absorbs us, with music of spellbinding beauty and expressiveness, in the drama’s tightening tension of conflicting demands. And as so often in Handel, the oppressed and seemingly slighted women emerge as the true heroes of the action.”

CHOC aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds with the excitement and passion of baroque opera, offering opportunities for all age groups and abilities. Hundreds of Cambridgeshire schoolchildren are invited to attend the open Dress Rehearsal, and CHOC hopes to continue its hands-on workshop series for local schools, subject to coronavirus restrictions. The company also arranges a Handel Study Afternoon for advanced students and adults, and Tamerlano will include advanced and young singers and instrumentalists, who benefit from performing alongside one another.

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