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Berenice

Sparks fly in a new, intriguingly theatrical production which pits two strong women against princes and each other in a battle of love and politics.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Berenice. It was last on stage 27 March—7 April 2019 as part of the Spring 2018/19 season.

The Story

Berenice, Queen of Egypt, is in love with Demetrio, Prince of Macedonia, but is reluctantly betrothed to Prince Alessandro of Rome, who has fallen madly in love with her. Berenice has ordered her sister Selene to marry Prince Arsace. But Selene and Demetrio are secretly in love and plot to overthrow Berenice with her enemy, Mithridates.

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Background

Sparks fly in a new production of Handel’s Berenice, which pits two strong women against princes and each other in a battle of love and politics. Presented in a new English translation, Adele Thomas’s production shows the drama and intrigue backstage in a theatre as two divas go head to head.

Berenice was written for the Covent Garden Theatre, a forerunner to the Royal Opera House, and had its premiere in 1737, the only performance during Handel’s lifetime. It returns to Covent Garden for the first time since its premiere. Baroque specialist Laurence Cummings conducts the London Handel Orchestra in this intriguingly theatrical production as part of the London Handel Festival.