English Touring Opera: Amadigi by Handel
ETO – Amadigi by Handel
Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith
ETO – Amadigi by Handel
Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith
ETO – Amadigi by Handel
Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith
ETO – Amadigi by Handel
Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith
ETO – Amadigi by Handel
Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith
ETO – Amadigi by Handel
Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith

ETO – Amadigi by Handel

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Pre-show talks 6.30pm before both performances

English Touring Opera returns to the stage with magic for lovers of all ages. Handel’s opera Amadigi is one of his finest, though rarely performed. Based on a chivalric romance about three young people imprisoned by a sorceress, Handel’s version is brimming with youthful vigour, humour and tears. It is a miracle that Handel, a secretive bachelor, could so vividly depict the delirious highs and savage lows to which love can reduce us all. The cast is led by soprano Francesca Chiejina, direct from the Royal Opera House.

This new production with ETO’s period orchestra partner, the Old Street Band, is conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny, directed by James Conway, and designed by Neil Irish with Rory Beaton and Harry Pizzey.


“It’s so good to have English touring Opera back” 

The Times

“Conway tackles the requisite onstage wizardry with inventive glee… the performances here are strong. [Francesca] Chiejina is exceptional, whether attempting seduction, conjuring up Furies or giving voice to lonely despair.” 

The Guardian

stylish… the dominating role of the sorceress Melissa, well sung by rich-voiced soprano Francesca Chiejina, casts a potent spell throughout” 

Financial Times


“[Amadigi] sizzles with energy, fizzes with musical delight and rejoices in an understated sense of fun. Conway gives the work’s incongruities free rein and defies the audience not to chuckle.” 


“James Conway’s] production’s sleights of design serve as telling metaphors for the protagonists’ inner confusions and illusions… this English Touring Opera production enchants.” 

Opera Today

“Magical show casts an enjoyable spell…a sharp modern take on age-old themes” 

Evening Standard

“James Conway returns with an engaging production which brings out the emotional turmoil of the characters” 

Planet Hugill

With all the ingredients for a fine performance: excellent cast, great music, love tangled plot and a wonderful set, Amadigi delighted the audience… The quartet of singers captivate” 

Yorkshire Times

Headshot of William Towers

William Towers


Headshot of Francesca Chiejina

Francesca Chiejina


Headshot of Jenny Stafford

Jenny Stafford


Headshot of Rebecca Afony-Jones

Rebecca Afony-Jones


Headshot of Harriet Eyley

Harriet Eyley


Headshot of Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan

Cast Member

Headshot of Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Set & Costume Designer

Headshot of Rory Beaton

Rory Beaton

Lighting Designer

Headshot of James Conway

James Conway


Headshot of Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny


Headshot of Harry Pizzey

Harry Pizzey

Creative Team Member

Headshot of Lysanne van Overbeek

Lysanne van Overbeek

Creative Team Member

Audience warning: smoke/haze and pyrotechnics

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