Current Opera: The Secret Marriage



Nov 16th to Nov 25th 2018

HGO presents a new production of Domenico Cimarosa’s masterpiece of opera buffa, ‘THE SECRET MARRIAGE’. ‘What a treat to bring Cimarosa’s sparkling, effervescent opera to life’, says director SINÉAD O’NEILL. ‘It was an immediate hit in 1792, and it’s easy to see why. Fast-paced, with direct, well-drawn characters, tangled love affairs, confusion and misunderstandings, it is light-hearted, touching, and charming.’

Directed by Sinéad O’Neill

Music Director Chris Hopkins

With the HGO Orchestra.

Jacksons Lane Theatre,  269A Archway Rd, London N6  AA

Concessions 16th and 17th only
Student Tickets first 5 performances only

Running time
Act One 1 hr 15 mins
Interval 20 mins
Act Two 1 hr 10 mins

Neglected today, The Secret Marriage was in its time more popular even than Mozart’s comedies; when the Emperor Leopold heard it during its first run in Vienna he demanded it be repeated in full that same evening. It was a huge success and had well over 100 outings in its first year alone, reaching every European capital in the next few years. Not so much looking back to Mozart, Cimarosa’s wit and style prefigure Rossini, born three weeks after the opera’s premiere – this household sitcom was written almost 25 years before The Barber of Seville.

In HGO’s production the opera, with its nimble score, buzzes from the start with effervescent energy. Cimarosa’s score elicits a huge range of colour, and ensembles and arias abound for the very busy cast of six; an extraordinary variety ranging from deft patter and raucous argument to glorious lyricism, all in perfect balance. And that’s reflected in HGO’s pacy staging which recognizes that this is at heart pure musical theatre; sometimes subtle, sometimes slapstick, but always with an steady and compelling connection to the unfolding story.



16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 24th eve

Carolina: Holly Brown
Elisetta: Madeleine Allsop
Fidalma: Rachael Cox
Paolino: Andrew Powis
Count Robinson: Dan D'Souza
Geronimo: Daniel Rudge

17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th mat, 25th

Carolina: Emily Wenman
Elisetta: Rachel Duckett
Fidalma: Anne Reilly
Paolino: Ross Wilson
Count Robinson: Thomas Coltman
Geronimo: Javier Vilariño

Production Team

Director: Sinéad O’Neill
Music Director: Chris Hopkins
Designer (sets and costumes): Rufus Martin
Lighting Designer: Matthew Swithinbank
Assistant Director: Anna Procter
Assistant Music Director: Yu Su
Scenic Artist: Binny Matthews
Costume Interpreter: Rebecca Roberts
Costume Interpreter: Alicia Gladston
Stage Manager: Tineke Ann Robson