Early Opera Company

“This was a concert to be treasured… The Early Opera Company’s sparkling concert performance was a tonic… The company celebrates Handel’s animation to perfection”

The Observer

“Find anything exciting happening in period opera in the UK and Curnyn will be involved, whether it’s conducting at the Wanamaker or ENO, recording Handel or directing his own projects.”

The Spectator

“Christian Curnyn’s Early Opera Company brings a lovely grace to Handel’s score” 

The Times

“The Handel presentation was remarkable in many respects, not least of which was the utter splendor of the (historically informed) orchestral playing. The band was the orchestra of the Early Opera Company directed by its founder, Christian Curnyn.

“[This] performance… was certainly the finest this listener has yet heard, in Europe or America, rock-solid in terms of intonation, phrasing, richness of tone, orchestral color, accuracy, articulation, and ensemble — in other words, in every conceivable technical and artistic respect.” 

Musical America

Early Opera Company

Since its inception in 1995, Early Opera Company has established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting ensembles specialising in Baroque vocal works. It regularly performs at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and is frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

EOC has cemented its reputation in the last few years with its highly successful collaborations with the Royal Opera: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Il Ritorno D’Ulisse at the Roundhouse, Cavalli’s L’Ormindo and Luigi Rossi’s L’Orfeo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the latter nominated for an Olivier Award, and Handel’s Solomon on the ROH main stage. Further afield, EOC recently made its debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Blow’s Venus and Adonis, which was also broadcast live on NPR Radio.

A frequent collaborator with Chandos Records, EOC’s recordings have won several awards, including the opera category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards for Handel’s Alceste as well as Acis and Galatea, a Diapason d’Or for Eccles’ The Judgment of Paris and the Stanley Sadie Handel Prize for Handel’s Semele. Other Chandos recordings include Handel’s Serse, Flavio and Partenope, and EOC has recorded Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo for Wigmore Live. In December 2021 EOC recorded Handel’s Amadigi for release in 2022.

In July 2021, EOC staged five performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Buxton International Festival. Future projects include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Charpentier’s Actéon at the Concertgebouw in Bruges and the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven with Dame Sarah Connolly as Dido.

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