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EARLY OPERA COMPANY
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CHAN 0797M
Handel
Serse
CHAN 0788
Handel
Alceste
CHAN 0773M
Handel
Flavio, Re de' Longobardi
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BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 1994 by its music director, Christian Curnyn, the Early Opera Company is now firmly established as one of Britain’s leading early music ensembles. Its debut production of Handel’s Serse led to an invitation to perform at the BOC Covent Garden Festival, and further to three performances of Handel’s Ariodante. In 1998 the Company made its debut at St John’s, Smith Square with concert performances of Charpentier’s Actéon and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, also staging Handel’s Orlando at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the South Bank Centre Early Music Festival. Since then it has given particularly notable performances of Dido and Aeneas at the Vic Early Music Festival in Spain, Handel’s Agrippina at St John’s, Handel’s Partenope at the Buxton Festival and the Snape Proms at Aldeburgh, Thomas Arne’s Alfred at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House, a Rameau double-bill at the Cheltenham Festival, and nine seasons at the Iford Festival. The Company has appeared regularly at the Wigmore Hall, and recently made its debut at the Dubrovnik Early Music Festival. It embarked on its first national tour in 2003 with Handel’s Susanna, supported by Arts Council England, and since then has toured with Handel’s Flavio and Orlando. The Early Opera Company’s first recording for Chandos, of Handel’s Partenope, received glowing reviews, and the recently released recording of Handel’s Semele was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, one of the Records of 2007 by The Sunday Times, and won the prestigious Stanley Sadie Handel Prize for 2008.

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CHAN 0719
Handel
Partenope

… Christian Curnyn has as infallible a sense of tempo and musico-dramatic shape… as the composer himself.The orchestral playing is light-fingere...
CHAN 0745
Handel
Semele

Christian Curnyn understands the unique tinta of this gorgeous score, and directs his spruce period band with a nice blend of nonchalant eleganc...

CHAN 0759
Eccles
The Judgment of Paris/ Three Mad Songs

"Christian Curnyn offer unaffected, faithful reading of the printed score. If anything, it is understated...

CHAN 0773
Handel
Flavio, Re de' Longobardi

“…Curnyn directs a pacy, stylish performance…”  ****

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CHAN 0788
Handel
Alceste

“...Crowe is simply glowing in her soprano functions, notably the two Calliope airs. Hulett makes a very strong and admirable showing her...

CHAN 0797
Handel
Serse

                                  Interpretation ***...