The London Handel Orchestra makes its Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the orchestra for Handel’s Berenice in the Linbury Theatre.
The London Handel Orchestra was formed in 1981 to perform at the London Handel Festival, an annual celebration of the life and works of George Frideric Handel, held across the capital, mainly in venues which have a specific resonance with the life of the composer. The orchestra is made up of some of London’s finest period instrument players and is today directed by Laurence Cummings and Adrian Butterfield. It has gained an excellent reputation for historically informed performance and contributed greatly to the revival of interest in Handel’s music. The orchestra appears throughout the Festival at venues including St George’s, Hanover Square (Handel’s own church), St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, and has now performed the majority of Handel’s operas, oratorios and orchestral works as well as many works by his contemporaries. The orchestra gives concerts across the country and abroad outside the Festival period.
Recordings include Handel’s Aminta e Fillide and The Triumph of Time and Truth (Hyperion) and the premiere recording of Handel’s opera Silla (Somm). The first recording of the 1732 version of the oratorio Esther, conducted by Laurence Cummings, appeared in 2007 and was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine, and a live recording of Joshua was released in 2009.
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