Current Opera: Partenope (May 2019)


An opera not-so-seria……

Join us at the sea-side in Victorian England, where Partenope, proprietress of a leading establishment, faces takeover attempts (on her hotel and herself) from neighbouring  hoteliers Arsace, Ormindo and Emilio, as well as the enigmatic Eurimene – can he really be what he seems? Threats, battles and surprises, and some thrilling singing, lead of course to a happy ending…..

Ashley Pearson’s witty production and the talents of the HGO cast and orchestra bring Handel’s sly take on opera seria endearingly to life.  Our orchestra is conducted by Bertie Baigent, a finalist in the 2018 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate, May 17-26 2019.
17/18/20/21/22/23/24/25 May 19.30
19/26 May 16.00

Audience Reactions

“What a joyful and excellent production! The singing and acting were great. And as an Italian I was very impressed with their diction. Set and costumes were inventive and fun. The movement on the stage was very well choreographed, like a series of beautifully composed pictures. A young and very committed orchestra added to the pleasure.”

“Go and see Partenope! I was hugely impressed and inspired by the superb singing and playing from this small cast of young, up and coming opera singers and musicians. The young creative team really bring Handel’s opera to life – it is colourful, light-hearted, clever and witty. A real treat to hear such wonderful voices and fantastic playing in this intimate venue.”

“Brilliantly staged on an Edwardian beach and not on the battle field. Tents, stripped swimming costumes… Definitely an opera not so seria. Yet, wonderfully orchestrated. High standard of singing and acting. Countertenor and Partenope, superb! Such a bold leap to place Handel’s glorious, sublime music in this jolly setting. It worked!”

“A splendid and massively praiseworthy production. Admirably, near impeccably, sung with a marvellous orchestra. I saw Partenope, some time ago (at ENO, I think) – I preferred this production. Highly recommended.”


Partenope: Kali Hardwick
May 17, 21, 23, 25, 26
Rosmira: Rachael Cox
May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25
Emilio: Peter Martin
May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25
Armindo: Erik Kallo
May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25
Ormonte: Saran Suebsantiwongse
May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25
Arsace: Hamish McLaren
May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25

Partenope: Jennifer Begley
May 18, 19, 20, 22, 24
Rosmira: Anne-Sofie Søby Jensen
May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26
Emilio: James Rhoads
May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26
Armindo: Alexander Pullinger
May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26
Ormonte: Will Pate
May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26
Arsace: Francis Gush
May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26

Production Team

Director: Ashley Pearson
Music Director: Bertie Baigent
Assistant Music Director and continuo: Richard Gowers
Designer: Laura Fontana
Stage Manager: Bethany Barrington-Davis
Lighting Designer: Daniel Carter-Brennan
Fights Director: Matthew Coulton