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 work and perform alongside advanced students.

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. CHOC plans to present Handel's operas in even numbered years and operas by his English contemporaries in the intervening years.

More information on CHOC at julianperkins.com

History of CHOC

From 1985 to 2013, Cambridge Handel Opera Group (CHOG) put on biennial staged productions of Handel’s operas. Directed by the leading Handel scholar Dr Andrew Jones, CHOG’s productions stood out for marrying historically informed performances with historically appropriate stagings.

CHOC was formally established, with charitable status, in 2016, and aims to build on CHOG’s distinctive legacy.

Rodelinda in the Great Hall

Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) mounted its inaugural staged production in April 2018 with four acclaimed performances of Handel’s Rodelinda, HWV 19 in the Great Hall of the Leys, Cambridge.

Ida Ränzlöv as Eduige in <i>Rodelinda</i>, 2018 © Jean-Luc Benazet

Ida Ränzlöv as Eduige in Rodelinda, 2018 © Jean-Luc Benazet

Nicholas Morris as Garibaldo in <i>Rodelinda</i>, 2018 © Jean-Luc Benazet

Nicholas Morris as Garibaldo in Rodelinda, 2018 © Jean-Luc Benazet