During February and March Laurence Cummings is at English National Opera where he conducts a new production of Purcell’s The Indian Queen by acclaimed American director Peter Sellars.
In this vibrant production, first seen in Madrid, the rich and transcendent score of Purcell’s final unfinished opera is reworked around a new text and the inclusion of a number of Purcell’s most ravishing religious anthems.
The production opened on Thursday 26 February and has attracted wide critical acclaim. In a five-starred review, Michael Church writes that with “Laurence Cummings and his period instrumentalists generating transcendent beauty in the pit, this is an evening in musical heaven” (The Independent). Rupert Christiansen has awarded four stars to the production, which is “stylishly conducted by Laurence Cummings” (The Telegraph).
With a further seven performances through to mid March, tickets are available from the ENO website.
The London Handel Festival, where he is Music Director, follows these performances with highlights including Semele at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and staged performances of Giove in Argo.
Further ahead, this year’s Göttingen Handel Festival, where Cummings is Artistic Director, runs from 14 – 25 May.