What makes CHOC unique?
Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) will put on Baroque operas that celebrate the fusion of music and the stage with performances that are not just ‘historically informed’, but ‘historically inspired’. There will be meaningful integrity between what happens in the music and what happens on stage. Baroque stagecraft will be incorporated into our productions in a manner that speaks directly to audiences.
Performances will be led from the harpsichord by Artistic Director Julian Perkins. The company will combine the best of youth and experience. Period instrumentalists from the ensemble Sounds Baroque will rub shoulders with advanced students, while the cast will bring together young and more experienced professional solo singers.
CHOC's productions will be events for the wider community, with a series of educational workshops for state schoolchildren in Cambridge, 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 competed – and ultimately flourished.
More information on CHOC at julianperkins.com
History of CHOC
From 1985, Cambridge Handel Opera Group (CHOG) put on biennial staged productions of Handel’s operas. These were led by the leading Handel scholar Dr Andrew Jones, who also prepared the editions and translations. CHOG’s productions stood out for marrying historically informed performances with historically appropriate stagings, and its closure in 2013 was a sad loss for Handel devotees.
Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) aims to build on CHOG’s impressive legacy with staged professional productions of works by both Handel and his contemporaries. CHOC formally opened in 2016, and is generating much interest both in Cambridge and further afield.
Rodelinda in the Great Hall
Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) is currently preparing to mount four performances of Handel’s Rodelinda, HWV 19 to be staged in the Great Hall of the Leys, Cambridge in April, 2018. Operas by Handel will be presented in even numbered years while operas by contemporaries of Handel will be presented in the intervening years.