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.
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.
Il Pomo d’Oro with Joyce DiDonato: Handel's Agrippina
Agrippina is a woman on a mission: the stakes are love, death, and supreme power. Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece.
Il Pomo d’Oro/Edgar Moreau
Our Il Pomo d’Oro focus ends in a blaze of 18th-century celebration: exuberant Baroque and Classical cello concertos framed by orchestral music bursting with pageantry, invention and joy.
Collegium Vocale Gent: Bach's B minor Mass
There’s no mightier spiritual or artistic challenge than Bach’s transcendent Mass setting – and few modern performers are better equipped to tackle it than Philip Herreweghe’s pioneering ensemble.
Dido and Aeneas: A funeral for the Queen of Carthage
Visionary director Thomas Guthrie presents a new semi-staged production of Purcell’s poignant tale of love and loss, widely regarded as 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 - cancelled
We regret that this event has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We’re very sorry for any disappointment caused and a full refund will be issued to all ticket-holders in due course.
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.
Composer Focus – Episode 1: George Frideric Handel with Iestyn Davies
Ed Seckerson is joined by countertenor Iestyn Davies to discuss George Frideric Handel, the German-born composer whose prolific portfolio of operas and hits such as the Water Music, and Messiah, won the hearts of the British public.