Tamerlano, Emperor of the Tartars, lives in decadent splendour and absolute power, treating the hearts and lives of his captives as playthings. Handel wrote his opera in 1724 for the greatest voices of the day, and it’s performed here by some of the most exciting baroque voices of our own time. Bejun Mehta, Sophie Bevan, Michael Spyres and the sensational Jakub Józef Orliński – the break-dancing countertenor – head a cast that shines every bit as brilliantly as Handel would have expected.
‘An evening of delightfully and unwaveringly engaging theatre’ was how Opera Today described Semele the 2019 instalment of The English Concert’s Handel opera cycle. ‘A superb performance that left the audience glowing with pleasure’ was how The Telegraph described Orlando in 2018.