Highlights include:

  • Handel’s La Resurrezione broadcast on Sky Arts on 3 May, 7pm
  • Handel’s Rodelinda is released on Linn Records on 14 May
  • The English Concert’s first opera in partnership with Garsington Opera – Handel’s Amadigi from 19 June for seven performances
  • Handel’s London Altos with Iestyn Davies at Kings Place on 24 June – part of London Unwrapped: Sounds of a Migrant City
  • Soprano Elizabeth Watts directs The English Concert at Buxton Festival on 23 July

The English Concert is delighted to announce an exciting summer ahead with a major focus on the music of Handel including La Resurrezione on Sky Arts (3 May); the release of Handel’s hit 1725 opera Rodelinda on Linn Records (14 May); seven performances of Amadigi in the ensemble’s first opera in partnership with Garsington Opera (opens 19 June); and, as part of Kings Place’s year-long London Unwrapped: Sounds of a Migrant City, countertenor Iestyn Davies presents Handel’s London Altos    (24 June). Soprano Elizabeth Watts directs the ensemble for the first time at Buxton Festival (23 July).

Handel’s La Resurrezione broadcast on Sky Arts on 3 May, 7pm

Presented and sponsored by the KT Wong Foundation, La Resurrezione is filmed at St John Smith’s Square, London, and features The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket, with soloists Lucy Crowe, Danielle de Niese, Lawrence Zazzo, Hugo Hymas and Brindley Sherratt. It will be broadcast on Sky Arts on 3 May at 7pm, and subsequently made available to stream worldwide across associated channels. Sky Arts is now free for everyone to watch on Freeview Channel 11.

Handel’s Rodelinda is released on Linn Records on 14 May

Handel’s 1725 hit opera Rodelinda was written for the greatest voices of its day and is performed in this new recording by some of today’s finest, as The English Concert and Harry Bicket’s acclaimed concert cycle of Handel operas appears for the first time on Linn. Lucy Crowe and Iestyn Davies are the devoted partners Rodelinda and Bertarido, heading a cast packed with exactly the sort of vocal star-power Handel would have expected, including Joshua Ellicott, Tim Mead, Brandon Cedel and Jess Dandy. Although The English Concert’s annual Handel tour of Rodelinda was disrupted due to COVID, the ensemble retained its star line up in this studio recording. The Orchestra’s reputation for combining urgency, passion and fire with precision, delicacy and beauty will ensure their forthcoming series of Handel operas will become an essential part of Linn’s catalogue. This is the first Handel title The English Concert is releasing as part of its association with Linn Records. The next instalment will be La Resurrezione.

Handel’s Amadigi, Garsington Opera, opens on 19 June for 7 performances

The English Concert’s first opera in partnership with Garsington Opera is Handel’s Amadigi. Netia Jones and Christian Curnyn (Die Zauberflöte, 2018) return as director/designer and conductor with Sonja Runje making her festival debut in the title role. The cast also includes Anna Devin (Melissa), Rhian Lois (Oriana) and Tim Mead (Dardano). Handel’s dramatic setting is a spectacle of enchantment, ghostly spirits and hellish demons. He draws on every emotion of the central characters and explores every facet of the experience of love, from jealousy, vindictiveness and infatuation, to passion, optimism and triumph. There are 7 performances on 19, 26, 29 June and 7, 11, 21 and 24 July. Tickets available here.

Handel’s London Altos part of London Unwrapped: Sounds of a Migrant City at Kings Place with Iestyn Davies on 24 June

London Unwrapped’s Artist in Residence countertenor Iestyn Davies sings a feast of Handel’s London altos. In collaboration with conductor Peter Whelan and The English Concert he has devised a programme that takes the audience through Handel’s different London venues: opera theatre, churches and private houses. Davies will perform music written for both London’s castrati and female altos, including arias from operas such as Giulio Cesare and Alcina, and powerful oratorios such as Theodora, as well as anthems, pastorals and cantatas, interwoven with the composer’s inimitable orchestral dances and sinfonias. Tickets available here.

Elizabeth Watts and The English Concert: Buxton Festival on 23 July

Elizabeth Watts directs The English Concert for the first time at Buxton Festival on 23 July in a selection of arias from Scarlatti’s operas. The programme also showcases some of the Orchestra’s string players in a selection of Vivaldi’s Concerti L’estro Armonico Op. 3. Tickets available here.