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CHRISTIAN
CURNYN
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Handel
Serse
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Handel
Alceste
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Handel
Flavio, Re de' Longobardi
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BIOGRAPHY

 

Described as ‘Our finest young Handelian’ by The Times,Christian Curnyn was born in Glasgow and studied at York and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1994 he founded the Early Opera Company which has now established an international reputation as a leader in historically informed performance of the baroque repertoire.As aguest conductor he has directed, among others, Rameau’s Platée in Lisbon, Messiah in Girona, Handel’s Semele with British Youth Opera and Budapest Chamber Opera, and L’elisir d’amore, Le nozze di Figaro and Semele at Grange Park Opera where he will return to conduct Cavalli’s Eliogabalo in the summer of 2009.In 2005 he made his debut with Scottish Opera conducting Semele, returning in 2006 for a production of Handel’s Tamerlano. He recently made his debuts with English National Opera, in a new production of Handel’s Partenope, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in Britten’s realisation of The Beggar’s Opera. He returns to English National Opera in 2009 for performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He has also appeared at the Halle Handel Festival, the Opera Theatre Company in Dublin and at Opera North, and is soon to make his debut with Chicago Opera Theater. For Chandos he has made acclaimed recordings of Partenope and Semele, the latter of which won the 2008 Stanley Sadie Handel Prize. Christian Curnyn teaches at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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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

“…The singers balance each other well as an ens...

CHAN 10548
Britten
The Beggar's Opera

“… It is a total delight from hilarious dialogue to idiomatically sung songs. Diction is quite good too. It is raunchy...