Drama of the Baroque
Drama is everything when it comes to the Baroque - and we’ve got plenty of it, from the tragedy of Dido and Aeneas to the startling modern sensuality of Handel’s Semele.
Academy of Ancient Music: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
The Academy of Ancient Music’s three-year Purcell opera cycle, in co-production with the Barbican, reaches its climax with a semi-staged performance of the greatest English opera of its time.
Il Pomo d’Oro: Handel's Serse
Power and pride: superstar counter-tenor Franco Fagioli heads the cast as the hot-blooded Persian tyrant Xerxes, one of Handel’s most compelling dramatic creations.
Il Pomo d’Oro play Bach and Handel
Shunske Sato, one of the world’s most distinctive Baroque violinists, joins Il Pomo d’Oro – an ensemble as imaginative as he is – for Bach and Handel, up close in St Giles Cripplegate.
AAM/Nigel Kennedy plays Bach
Nigel Kennedy, the one-time enfant terrible of classical music may have mellowed into a mature performer, but has lost none of his arresting, edgy style, nor his dazzling technique.
Britten Sinfonia: Handel's Messiah
Britten Sinfonia are joined by a stellar quartet of soloists for a festive performance of Handel’s thrilling and jubilant Messiah.
AAM: Lucie Horsch/Egarr plays Vivaldi and Bach
This programme explores the full emotional gamut of baroque music, from the heartbreaking beauty of Bach’s ‘Erbarme dich’ to the many extrovert moods of Vivaldi’s ‘La notte’ concerto.
Les Arts Florissants: Bach's St John Passion
William Christie brings a lifetime’s experience to bear on Bach’s St John Passion, in this Lent performance with Les Arts Florissants.
The English Concert: Handel’s Semele
There’s loving someone who’s out of your league – and then there’s the princess Semele, who’s got her eye on the King of the Gods himself. It can’t end well…
Academy of Ancient Music: Handel’s Brockes Passion
On the 300th anniversary of its premiere AAM and Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s mighty Passion setting, one of rare humanity and beauty.
Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro
Peter Sellars directs a haunting dramatization of Orlando di Lasso’s Tears of St Peter: renaissance madrigals of sorrow and remorse, given a contemporary setting of quietly shattering power.