Princes Ormindo and Amidas have fallen in love with Erisbe, wife of the elderly King Ariadenus. Meanwhile Princess Sicle, Amidas’s spurned lover, plots to get Amidas back, enlisting her old nurse Eryka as an ally.
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News and features
8 April 2014
A chance to hear The Royal Opera's musically lavish production of Cavalli’s comic Baroque opera.
27 March 2014
Seven Royal Opera productions will be broadcast including Die Frau ohne Schatten, Faust and Manon Lescaut.
26 March 2014
What did you think of Kasper Holten's Royal Opera production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?
24 March 2014
A very limited number of tickets for Cavalli’s Baroque opera can be booked via the Shakespeare’s Globe website.
18 March 2014
We explore a very special duet from Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera.
14 March 2014
Why performing a baroque opera such as L’Ormindo is as much about chisels as cellos.
Discover a gem of the Baroque opera repertory in the intimate surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened in January 2014, providing an exquisite, 350-seat venue evoking the candlelit theatres of Shakespeare’s day. Kasper Holten’s production of L’Ormindo, a unique collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe, was the first opera to be performed at the theatre and was acclaimed by critics and public.
Holten’s inventive new staging draws on the stagecraft and theatrical tricks of the 17th century to bring to life a comic tale of sex, disguise and deception. First performed in Venice in 1644, Francesco Cavalli's L’Ormindo follows the trials and tribulations of two pairs of lovers in the ancient kingdom of Mauretania. The opera’s mixture of lively comedy, sublime romance and gorgeous music makes for an unforgettable experience.