21.04.14 19:00, Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB; From £475

http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=766

Monday 21 – Sunday 27 April 2014
Resident: £630.00 Non-resident: £475.00 Code: 14/601

In 2011, when the Benslow Baroque Opera project was a biennial event, we decided to plug the gap in opera-free years by preparing for performance a baroque oratorio, and chose Handel’s Theodora. We liked this music so much – it really represents Handel at his deepest – that, knowing of stagings which have become celebrated, we decided this year to see if we could make it work as an opera. Our magnificent team is headed again by the musical duo of Julian Perkins and Judy Tarling, with Henrik Persson providing the all-important continuo tuition and David Roblou working with soloists (auditioned from the major music colleges) before the course begins and with the chorus during it. Tom Adby returns as our ever-reliable Stage Manager, and Millie Else is our Designer. Those who have taken part in the Baroque Opera course before know that it is something remarkable and magical. So if you play in the baroque style to an advanced level or if you are a strong choral singer – age either way no barrier! – prepare to enjoy a transformative experience.

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