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A co-production between Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Opera

3 February - 5 March 2015

£10 standing
£25 - £75 seats
£100 premium tickets 


Francesco Cavalli

Giovanni Faustini

English translation
Christopher Cowell

Christian Curnyn

Kasper Holten

Costume designer
Anja Vang Kragh

Signe Fabricius


Samuel Boden

Ed Lyon

James Laing
and Rupert Enticknap

Joélle Harvey

Harry Nicoll

Susanna Hurrell 

Rachel Kelly

King Ariadenus
Graeme Broadbent

Ashley Riches

Orchestra of the Early Opera Company

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Please note: this production has now closed.

A co-production between
Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Opera

L’Ormindo is a comic and moving tale of the loves and betrayals of princes, its miraculous plot twists spurred on over three acts by the forces of Destiny, Love and Luck. 

The Globe's ground-breaking collaboration with The Royal Opera House returns after delighting audiences and critics alike during the Playhouse's inaugural season. 

Franceso  Cavalli's opera L'Ormindo was first staged in Venice in 1644 at the Teatro San Cassiano, a perfect match in time and scale for this new venture. The intimate nature of the work performed by nine singers and eight musicians in the intimacy of the theatre provides a rare experience of Baroque opera. 

Kasper Holten, Director of The Royal Opera, directs a production that draws on the theatrical conventions in London at the time, with music under the direction of Christian Curnyn, one of the most soughtafter Baroque specialists of today. And as the opera will be performed in English, this is a rare opportunity to discover not only the immediacy of a stage world of jealous lovers, elopement and the intervention of Fortune and Destiny but also the unique qualities of Baroque opera itself.

Reviews of the 2014 production

'Inventively witty... magical. An experience in itself'
The Independent

'A first-rate production in a well-nigh perfect venue... A more exquisite evening would be hard to imagine'
The Guardian

'Kasper Holten’s marvellously inventive production of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo is both pacy and genuinely amusing'
Evening Standard

'The evening’s a curious mix of the serious and comic, with a convoluted and exotic plot and heart-meltingly lovely music'

'A delightful spectacle which had the audience purring with pleasure and roaring its applause'
The Telegraph

'An evening of high-class, high-camp, high-art pleasure'
The Observer

'Kasper Holten and his team have created a mini masterpiece of baroque performance'
Opera Today

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