Founded by its Music Director Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company’s vision is to celebrate baroque music in ways that stir, delight and inspire audiences.
Early Opera Company has recently featured on BBC’s #OperaPassion day on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune from the V&A Museum, performed Handel Giulio Cesare in Egitto at Kilkenny Arts Festival, and recorded Handel’s Acis and Galatea for Chandos with Allan Clayton and Lucy Crowe in the title roles.
EOC received an Olivier Award nomination (Outstanding Achievement in Opera) with The Royal Opera for Monteverdi Orfeo at The Roundhouse and Cavalli L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. This association continued with 5-star reviews for Rossi Orpheus, more recently for Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses at The Roundhouse.
The Company frequently feature the music of the French baroque, including Charpentier Actéon and Rameau Platée and Castor et Pollux. Other recent Handel performances at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and festivals around the UK include Serse, Alceste and La Resurrezione. Award-winning Handel opera recordings on Chandos include Serse, Alceste, Partenope, Semele and Flavio, and Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno on Wigmore Live.
Future plans include the CD release of Handel Acis & Galatea in June, a double-bill of Purcell Dido and Aeneas and Blow Venus and Adonis at Amsterdam Concertgebouw in November, and the development of our Emerging Musicians Programme to provide support to the next generation of baroque specialists.