The 36th London Handel Festival will feature an opera each from Handel and two of his contemporaries, Telemann and Hasse.

The festival will open with a performance of Handel’s opera seria Imeneo, conducted by the festival’s artistic director Laurence Cummings, and directed by Paul Curran. The production will be performed by two separate casts over the four dates it runs, from 11 to 14 March.

Cummings says of the upcoming performance: ‘We are hugely excited about the forthcoming production of Imeneo. It is the first time that this opera will be performed as part of the London Handel Festival and we will present the opera as it was originally performed in 1740.’

The second opera to feature will be from Classical Opera, who will make their debut at the London Handel Festival on 18 March at Hanover Square, with a performance of Telemann’s Orpheus, an opera written in Hamburg in 1726, but rediscovered over 200 years later in the 1970s.

Ensemble Serse will perform the third and final opera featuring at this year’s festival; Johann Hasse’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore will take place on 6 April at Grosvenor Chapel.

The five-week festival will also see performances of Handel’s La Resurrezione, directed by Adrian Butterfield; L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato from the London Handel Orchestra and the London Handel Singers; and play host to the 2013 Handel Singing Competition, taking place throughout the festival building to its finale on 11 April.

The London Handel Festival will run from 11 March to 16 April. For more information about the 2013 programme, and to buy tickets, visit www.london-handel-festival.com.

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