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 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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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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