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Gyula Nagy as Filotete and Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Thomas Atkins as Pilade in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Vlada Borovko as Ermione in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia and Angela Simkin as Oreste in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Simon Shibambu as Toante and Vlada Borovko as Ermione in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Gyula Nagy as Filotete, Vlada Borovko as Ermione, Simon Shibambu as Toante, Angela Simkin as Oreste and Thomas Atkins as Pilade in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Angela Simkin as Oreste in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Angela Simkin as Oreste in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Simon Shibambu as Toante, Vlada Borovko as Ermione, Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia, Angela Simkin as Oreste, Thomas Atkins as Pilade and Gyula Nagy as Filotete in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive

Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia, Angela Simkin as Oreste, Thomas Atkins as Pilade and Gyula Nagy as Filotete in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Oreste

Jette Parker Young Artists

See the opera stars of tomorrow in a blackly comic production of Handel’s masterful pasticcio, in the atmospheric setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Oreste. It was last on stage 8–19 November 2016 as part of the Autumn 2016/17 season.

The Story

The cruel king Toante has decreed that all strangers to his kingdom shall be executed. Oreste arrives on the island. He is saved from sacrifice by his long-lost sister Ifigenia – but can she do the same for Oreste’s wife Ermione?

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Background

Oreste was the first of Handel’s three pasticcios – a popular 18th-century genre in which composers brought together pre-existing music to tell a new story. Not that this is obvious in Oreste, a masterful compilation of ensembles and arias from Handel’s previous works that has remarkable dramatic cogency and intensity. Though performed only three times in Handel’s lifetime, since the 1980s Oreste has been increasingly performed and recorded.

Gerard Jones directs a new production starring the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists. They take to the atmospheric setting of Wilton’s Music Hall, following on from The Royal Opera’s series of acclaimed productions of Baroque operas in intimate venues such as the Roundhouse (Orfeo) and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (L’Ormindo and Orpheus). Jones’s contemporary production revels in the story’s violence and gore, and is run through with a thick vein of dark humour.

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