Amadigi toured Ireland in 1996, then was invited abroad for festivals and theatres in 1997 and 1998. It is the third Handel opera that OTC produced.

Amadigi, a famous hero is in love with Oriana, but both he and Oriana are separately detained by the enchantress Melissa. 

Six Irish Venues and Three International Festivals

4 May 1996 Wexford Theatre Royal
7 May Cork Everyman Palace
9 May Limerick Bellable Arts Centre
11 May Enniskillen Ardhowen Theatre
16 & 17 May Dublin St. Patrick's Cathedral
21 & 22 May Galway Town Hall Theatre
25 May Edinburgh Edinburgh Festival
29 & 31 May 1 June London Covent Garden Festival
12, 18, 20 & 25 July Buxton Buxton Opera Festival

"Nearly 300 years since its last London production, Amadigi shines. Brilliant"
The Observer
"A fine production... small but perfectly informed, once more the occasion for sold out houses... performances bursting with life."
The Times
"Majella Cullagh... real tragic grandeur in her final moments....Kenny... easy grace and thorough natural phrasing "
The Guardian
"The intensity and involvement of their performances has earned the company a swelling reputation and their annual BOC Covent Garden Festival now guarantees to sell out in the first week that tickets are on sale"
Evening Standard
"Well up to OTC's exalted Dandelion standards, with sprightly playing and conducting... and some wonderfully expressive and virtuosic singing. Don't miss it"
Sunday Times
"Jame's Conway's production has all the virtues of its wildly successful predecessors: the ability to generate emotion... and intense performances from singers whose command of serial idioms supports a powerful stage presence... wonderfully flexible playing. Towering over all is Collage's enchantress, quite majestic performance... Kenny's ringing countertenor as thrilling as ever"
The Independent
"Conway's production makes an unanswerable case for both Handel and for OTC's whole aesthetic. As well as being beautifully sung and musically delightful it is also, as a piece of theatre, funny, sophisticated and wickedly playful... it creates a richness of texture from with and skill rather that physical opulence, at once beautifully artificial and fully alive"
The Irish Times

Production Information


Amadigi of Gaul, a famous hero in love with Oriana Jonathan Peter Kenny
Dardano, Prince of Thrace Buggug Verona James
Oriana, daughter of the King of Fortunate Isles Anne O'Byrne
Melissa, an Enchantress, in love with Amadigi Magella Cullagh
Orgando, visiting God of love Anthony Armstrong (Wexford/Dublin)
  David Egner (Cork)
  Ronan Warnock (Enniskillen)
  Darren Meehan (Ballyshannon)
  Joseph Duggan (Galway)
  Thomas Nix (Limerick)

Creative Team

Conductor Seamus Crimmins
Director James Conway
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Simon Corder

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