London Early Opera is at the forefront of baroque research and performance practice working with leading historians, scholars and editors performing unique newly discovered programmes and making new editions of music specialising in the music of George Frideric Handel and his contemporaries.
LEO has established itself around the world for these imaginative programmes, award winning research, outstanding performances and for nurturing international singers in the baroque style. The Artistic Director, Bridget Cunningham coaches and directs from the harpsichord and their new scheme and chamber ensemble The Handelians focuses on the development and education of exceptional singers and musicians inspiring the future generations – one of Handel’s passions.
LEO is expanding its recording series with Signum Classics exploring Handel’s colourful life, influences and experiences which inspired his magnificent musical legacy. Their albums Handel in Italy Volumes 1 & 2, Handel in Ireland, Handel at Vauxhall Volumes 1 & 2andHandel’s Queenshave been reviewed with international acclaim;
“Handel has never sounded better” 2019 BBC Music Magazine 5 Stars *****
“The playing is so beautifully focused….. Splendidin every respect.” BBC Radio 3 CD Review, October 2016 and Gramophone Magazine Editors Pick.
“Deliciously played and springily accompanied by London Early Opera’s fine band, under the expert baton of Bridget Cunningham” Early Music Review, 2016.
Since 2008 their performances range from Handel’s Semele, Acis and Galatea, Bach’s Easter Oratorio, a 400th Anniversary concert of Monteverdi‘s 1610Vespers at Southwark Cathedral, recordings of George Butterworth, several international tours and performances at the London Handel Festival, Handel Hendrix House and the Foundling Museum and a live broadcast for BBC Radio 4 on the River Thames celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music with a world premiere BBC commission.
London Early Opera was established in 2008 and is a UK Registered Charity No. 1143989 partnered with the French Association CreAquitaine.