The go-to guide for early music

Newsletter
Recording

Handel: Amadigi

Early Opera Company

Share this
Handel: Amadigi - Early Opera Company
Handel: Amadigi, the Early Opera Company

An all-star cast joins the Early Opera Company for this recording of Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula, conducted by Christian Curnyn.

The opera was first performed, in London, in 1715, in the first season under the reign of George I, at the King’s Theatre on the Haymarket. The complex, twisting plot features the lovers Amadigi and Oriana, imprisoned by the sorceress Melissa (who seeks Amadigi’s love). His ally Dardano turns against Amadigi, his former friend, when he realises that they both love Oriana and he sides with Melissa. Her plans are repeatedly foiled, and true love triumphs at the final curtain!

Amadigi is considered the finest of Handel’s early London operas in terms of musical sophistication, theatrical pacing, and a perfectly balanced exploration of the interconnected relationships, motivations, and emotional divergences among just four dissimilar yet equally arresting characters.

The Sunday Times: Classical Album of the Week

The Guardian: Classical Album of the Week

BBC Music Magazine: ★★★★★

Selected by Gramophone Critics' Choice: Favourite Classical Albums of 2022

This project was supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation.

Find out more about Amadigi and buy a copy on the Early Opera Company's website shop.

Share this

Keep reading
In conversation: Mary Bevan
Spotlight

In conversation: Mary Bevan

Continuo Connect meets soprano Mary Bevan, internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary music.

Bach’s Goldberg Variations Reimagined
Recording

Bach’s Goldberg Variations Reimagined

Bach’s Goldberg Variations Reimagined - a recording by Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque of a new arrangement by Chad Kelly.

Kino-Teatr: a venue with a difference
Venue

Kino-Teatr: a venue with a difference

Introducing St Leonard-on-Sea’s Kino-Teatr: a venue with a difference, run with an experienced eye for the arts.