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L'Ormindo [2015]

Written by: Francesco Cavalli
Directed by: Kasper Holten
Translated by: Christopher Cowell

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.


  • Music Francesco Cavalli
  • Libretto Giovanni Faustini
  • Christian Curnyn Conductor
  • Costume Designer Anja Vang Kragh
  • Choreographer Signe Fabricius
  • Orchestra Orchestra of the Early Opera Company

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