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28th March 2017


St George's Hanover Square
St George Street
London, W1S 1FX


Opera Settecento make a welcome return to the Festival and continue their discovery of Handel
pasticcio operas with Ormisda, the story of a wicked stepmother, determined to elevate her own
son to the throne of Persia, displacing his elder half-brother. Tossed like a chattel between the two
brothers is the Queen of Armenia, in love with the younger brother, but destined to marry whichever becomes King of Persia.

Ormisda was premiered in the King’s Theatre, Haymarket in April 1730. The recitative in Handel’s
pasticcio is probably taken from Orlandini’s setting of theApostolo Zeno text (Bologna 1722.)  As with the pasticcio Elpidia which preceded it, Ormisda is a veritable chocolate box of arias by Orlandini, Hasse, Vinci, Giacomelli, Sarri and Leo, showcasing the best Italian opera of the day for the
benefit of Handel’s London audience.

Artenice      Marie Lys
Ormisda      John-Colyn Gyeantey
Arsace        Maria Ostroukhova
Erismeno    Nicholas Mogg
Palmira      Ciara Hendrick
Cosroe       Tom Verney

Musical Director Leo Duarte

TICKETS £45, £40, £35, £15, £10 - reserved seating

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