Amadigi Magical Opera by Handel

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

> Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

It is not often an opera comes to Bury St Edmunds but this one was simply astonishing. The basic set was bought to life by an enormous array of colours from rich to pastel, which changed the moods. The costumes were bright, tasteful and classy. The casting was simply spot on and the performance absolutely moving.

I am biased as Handel is my favourite composer but from the very start you had this distinctive style with all the curly, wispy bits and it was full of bounce.

The Goethe Theatre Bad Lauch Stadt excelled themselves with this new production of Handel's earliest opera written in 1714.

The plot is at times raunchy and seductive with passion, jealously, oh, we must not forget love, and sometimes at the most delicate moments there is even time for a bit of comedy. There are four characters Amadigi who loves Orianna but is constantly blocked by the Melissa (witch) and adding to this spicy cocktail is his love rival Dardano. Despite the inevitable tragedy it actually ends up with love blossoming in more ways than one as flowers galore adding icing to this delicious cake surround the set. The music performed on period instruments by the Lautten Compagney, such a shame this is the only stop on their European tour in the UK but just how lucky we were in Bury St Edmunds. It was an amazing and uplifting magical experience.

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