Handel: Tamerlano / Il Pomo d’Oro

10 November 2015 / 19:00

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One of the world’s liveliest new period-instrument orchestras joins a world-class cast in Handel’s sumptuous late opera Tamerlano

Il Pomo d’Oro love ‘big opera, golden apples and gut strings’. And Baroque opera doesn’t come much bigger than Handel’s 1724 Turkish spectacular Tamerlano. This exuberant young ensemble joins a staggering team of international soloists for what's set to be an explosive evening.

The stunning young Spanish countertenor Xavier Sabata sings the flamboyant title role, while John Mark Ainsley takes one of the biggest tenor roles in all Baroque opera with Bajazet. Julia Lezhneva, Max Emanuel Cencic and Romina Basso also star, with the amazing young Maxim Emelyanychev conducting. This looks set to generate exactly the sort of dramatic chemistry for which Il Pomo d’Oro is already renowned.

On the 2014 recording, the Guardian suggested ‘The great Xavier Sabata makes Tamerlano the most insidious and dangerous of psychopaths’, whilst ‘John Mark Ainsley's noble, harrowing Bajazet has rarely been bettered.’

Programme & Performers

Handel Tamerlano

Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev conductor
Xavier Sabata Tamerlano                
Max Emanuel Cencic Andronico          
John Mark Ainsley Bajazet                   
Julia Lezhneva Asteria      
Romina Basso Irene  
Pavel Kudinov Leone   

Please note: In a change to the previously advertised cast, Romina Basso will now replace Ruxandra Danose in the role of Irene.

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