A co-production between Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Opera
25 March – 12 April 2014
£25 - £75 seats
£100 premium tickets
Anja Vang Kragh
Orchestra of the Early Opera Company
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.
Princes Ormindo and Amidas vie for the love of Erisbe, who is unhappily married to the old King Ariadenus. Vowing not to let their rivalry destroy them, they challenge her to choose, but as one love story is plotted, another is unfurled. Amidas’s abandoned ex-lover Sicle, heartbroken by his abandonment, enters the scene. With the help of disguise and her old nurse Eryka, the two set out to thwart Amidas in winning the Queen.
The inaugural season of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is the perfect occasion for a ground-breaking collaboration with The Royal Opera. Francesco 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 an orchestra of eight in the intimacy of the theatre will provide a rare experience of Baroque opera, and a level of authenticity that promises to be richly revealing as well as rewarding.
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.