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See the opera stars of tomorrow in a blackly comic production of Handel’s masterful pasticcio.
Gerard Jones directs this new production starring the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists. They take to Wilton's atmospheric setting, following on from The Royal Opera’s series of acclaimed productions of Baroque operas in intimate venues such as the Roundhouse (Orfeo) and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (L’Ormindo and Orpheus). Jones’s contemporary production revels in the story’s violence and gore, and is run through with a thick vein of dark humour.
Oreste was the first of Handel’s three pasticcios – a popular 18th-century genre in which composers brought together pre-existing music to tell a new story. This tale of a brutal battle to overcome a tyrannical king is a masterful compilation of ensembles and arias from Handel’s previous works and has remarkable dramatic cogency and intensity. Though performed only three times in Handel’s lifetime, since the 1980s Oreste has been increasingly performed and recorded.
Music George Frideric Handel
Director Gerard Jones
Designs Gerard Jones and Matt Carter
Lighting Design Mimi Jordan Sherin
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is generously supported by Oak Foundation
8Nov. 19 Nov.
Jette Parker Young Artists presented by The Royal Opera8th November to 19th November . 7.30pm plus 2pm on Sunday 13th; no show on Thursdays . 3 hrs including interval · Contains themes of an adult nature · Recommended 12+£25 Full Price (£20 Concessions) · £20 Restricted View (£15 Concessions)