The Barbican is hosting a series of baroque operas and operas during its 2013–14 music season. Works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel and Rameau will all be featured throughout the winter season into April 2014.
The Barbican’s associate ensemble, the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM), started off the baroque season at the end of September with their three-year cycle of Monteverdi operas, beginning with a performance of L’Orfeo.
In the run up to Christmas, the AAM will return to perform baroque classic Handel’s Messiah, guest conducted by Bernard Labadie on 17 December. The new year will see two more of Handel’s oratorios brought to the Barbican: The Sixteen will perform Handel’s last oratorio Jephtha on 14 January and The English Concert will bring Theodora to the stage on 8 February.
Further into 2014, the baroque highlights continue with a performance of Rameau’s opéra-ballet Les Indes Galantes to mark 250 years the composer’s death. It will be performed by Les Talens Lyriques, directed by Christophe Rousset, and accompanied by a number of soloists, including Carolyn Sampson.
The baroque series will come to a close at Easter when the Britten Sinfonia will perform Bach’s St John Passion on Good Friday (18 April 2014).
To find out more information about the Barbican’s baroque season and to buy tickets for events, visit www.barbican.org.uk/classical1314/about-the-season/baroque-operas-and-oratorios.