Issued: 30 April 2009

Event Info

A rare Handel opera, performed just twice in the UK since it was written in 1734, forms part of the celebrations honouring Handel on the 250th anniversary of his death. The composer?s little known masterpiece Arianna in Creta will be performed at Town Hall, Birmingham on 13 May as part of a short UK tour by the Academy of Ancient Music and its Emeritus Director Christopher Hogwood, concluding their three-year Handel opera series.

Arianna has been performed just twice in the UK before the current tour since it was written and premiered in the 1730s in London. It is the final instalment in the AAM?s three-year journey through Handel?s operatic career. The project began in 2007 with Amadigi di Gaula (written in the 1710s) and continued last year with Flavio, Re de Langobardi (1720s).

The AAM will perform with a cast starring Kristina Hammarström (Teseo), Sonia Prina (Carilda) and Marina de Liso (Tauride) using a specially-prepared, new edition based on the version of the opera originally performed at the King?s Theatre, Haymarket in January 1734.

A noted scholar as well as a conductor, Hogwood is curating Handel Reveal?d, a keynote exhibition exploring the composer?s finances, his love of food, his health and other areas of his personal life, which opened on 8 April at London?s Handel House Museum. His appearances with the AAM come hot on the heels of a seven-performance run of Acis and Galatea at the Royal Opera House.

The AAM recently took Handel?s music to a global audience when its Easter performance of Messiah with King?s College Choir became the first choral concert ever to be screened live in cinemas around the world. Under Richard Egarr, who succeeded Hogwood as Music Director on 2006, the orchestra is currently releasing a complete cycle of the composer?s instrumental music Op 1-7 on Harmonia Mundi. The initial discs in the series have won a MIDEM award and a Gramophone award.

Handel?s Arianna in Creta is at Town Hall Birmingham on Wed 13 May. Tickets are available from the box office on 0121 780 3333 or on-line at www.thsh.co.uk.


Note to Editors
Wed 13 May, 6.30pm (please note start time)
Town Hall, Birmingham
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Miah Persson (Arianna), Lisa Milne (Alceste), Kristina Hammarström (Teseo)*, Sonia Prina (Carilda), Marina de Liso (Tauride)*, Antonio Abete (Minos & Sonno)

*please note change of cast from that originally advertised
Concert performance sung in Italian.
Ticket prices £5-£30 (with reductions).
£2 fee per transaction on all purchases except those made in person at the box office
Weblink to event page: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/handels-arianna

9 May Brighton Dome, Brighton (part of Brighton Festival)
13 May Town Hall, Birmingham
17 May Barbican, London

Academy of Ancient Music www.aam.co.uk

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Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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