Introducing Early Opera Company: Associate Artists

Early Opera Company director Christian Curnyn and East London Dance

Early Opera Company director Christian Curnyn and Avant Garde Dance

Enter stage our Associate Artists Early Opera Company, founded by director Christian Curnyn in 1994, with their dynamic and tongue-in-cheek interpretations of baroque vocal repertoire.

They charmed and delighted in equal measure at our Winter Festival 2012 and that’s why we’re positively buzzing at the prospect of welcoming them back for our summer festivities.

Speaking of buzzes, Early Opera Company is kicking off their trio of performances on Sunday 9 June with Bach’s Coffee Cantatas followed by some apt post-concert entertainment with a tasting session served by Whitechapel Coffee Company. In the early 18th century, the Coffee Cantata stood as a cautionary tale warning fathers about the dangers of letting their daughters near such a stimulating drink(!) But don’t lock up your daughters for this one; there promises to be a lot more than coffee to stimulate the whole family in this comical take on the perils of caffeine.

From one vice to another, the second concert in the Early Opera Company series is Handel’s rarely performed Susanna, a tale of intrigue, lust and blackmail. Rounding it off in style on Monday 17 June, with an explosive combination of old meets new, they will perform a number of Monteverdi’s most radical works, providing a dramatic backdrop for Toni Adigun‘s (Avant Garde Dance) contemporary choreography. Expect fireworks.

If you can’t wait until the festival, why not check out Early Opera Company’s recording of Handel’s Alceste which has just been nominated in the BBC Music Magazine Awards! To vote for them and find out who else has been nominated, please visit:

“The Early Opera Company is rapidly establishing itself as one of the best purveyors of Handel in this country… The conductor, Christian Curnyn, has as infallible a sense of tempo and musico-dramatic shape – in individual numbers, in whole scenes and acts – as the composer himself.” The Times.

Coffee Cantatas                                                                                                                       Sunday 9 June, 1.30pm-2.45pm, 3.30pm-4.45pm                                                Hoxton Arches                                                                                                                               £30 including coffee lecture and tasting

Handel’s Susanna                                                                                                           Wednesday 12 June, 7.30pm-9.30pm                                                                             Christ Church Spitalfields

Monteverdi Ballets                                                                                                              Monday 17 June, 6.30pm-7.30pm, 8.30pm-9.30pm                                             Village Underground                                                                                                                    £15 unreserved


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