About Us

What makes CHOC unique?

Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) mounts productions of Baroque operas that celebrate the fusion of music and the stage, with performances that trust the composer and are not just ‘historically informed’, but ‘historically inspired’. In our productions vibrant synergy between music and stage respects the integrity of the work and conveys its coherence and passion. Baroque stagecraft is incorporated in a manner that speaks to audiences directly and excitingly.

Performances are led from the harpsichord by Artistic Director Julian Perkins. The company unites the best of youth and experience, with casts that combine upcoming stars and more established solo singers, and an orchestra in which leading professionals rehearse and perform alongside advanced students.

You can find out more about Julian, and the rest of the CHOC team, by clicking the Team box below.

CHOC presents Handel’s operas in alternation with concert performances with the Academy of Ancient Music of lesser-known works by his English contemporaries. CHOC’s productions are events for the wider community, accompanied by educational workshops for students in Cambridge state schools, open dress rehearsals, opportunities for advanced music students, and seminars that focus not only on the music and the drama, but also on the cultural arena in which Handel and his British contemporaries competed and flourished.

Discover the journey of CHOC from its beginnings to now

Our HIstory

Meet the people who bring CHOC to life