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ETO: Handel – Radamisto
Tue 23 Oct 2018 , 7:30 pm| £26
When Handel’s opera Radamisto opened in London in 1720, it was so hotly anticipated that the crowds reportedly lost all dignity and politeness in the crush, some forced their way in, ladies fainted in the heat, and people were turned away despite offering sums way over the published ticket price. It apparently lived up to the hype, becoming a massive hit, particularly the aria Ombra Cara, but these days has become something of a rarity.
James Conway’s new production for English Touring Opera draws on the art of the opera’s setting in ancient Armenia for this tale of faithfulness and married love set against moral depravity and intolerance.
Katie Bray: Zenobia
Ellie Laugharne: Polissena
Grant Doyle: Tiridate
John-Colyn Gyeantey: Tigrane
Andrew Slater: Farasmane
With the Old Street Band on period instruments, conducted by Peter Whelan.
Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.
Tickets £29 (£27 concession), £26 Gala Members and Friends of ETO, £15 restricted view,
Book both of ETO’s productions at the Gala for £49.
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