Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Premiering in July 2019 at the John Mcintosh Arts Centre in Fulham, London, Ensemble OrQuesta's production of Handel's classic Alcina will be performed in September 2021 at Théâtre Basse Passière.
Featuring a dynamic mix of musical talents from Ensemble OrQuesta, the show will feature a Harpsichord, Lute, two Violins and a Cello, to fully capture the magic of Handel's much revered classic.
Given a modern adaptation with an underlining theme of sexual harassment in the work place, it follows a minimalistic style, typical of most of Ensemble OrQuesta's productions, and will be conducted by internationally renowned conductor Marcio da Silva. The performers will be from the company's most experienced members, including Helen May in the title role. Casting for the remainder of the show is still to be finalised.
Founded in 2013 by Marcio da Silva, Ensemble OrQuesta bring together artists who are dedicated to performing Baroque music in all its richness and diversity to the highest of standards.
In recent years Ensemble OrQuesta have taken their professional productions to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre and to the Cockpit Theatre. These productions have secured considerable critical acclaim.
Since 2014 Ensemble OrQuesta have organised a dynamic range of Opera Academies. These Academies have given singers from all over the world the opportunity to perform complete roles in fully staged productions with orchestral accompaniment.
The exceptional quality of these academies - as reflected in effusive testimonials from participants - has earned Ensemble OrQuesta an outstanding reputation as an international young artist programme.
Performance - 17th and 18th September, 2021
Marcio da Silva
Born in 1983 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Marcio da Silva began his music studies at the age of 9 with piano lessons and choral singing. After half a lifetime of international music studies and securing a Bachelor's and Master's degree in different musical disciplines, he has performed in numerous countries around the world, and has won awards for his performances here and overseas. He is an accomplished baritone and countertenor singer, and organised a number of Opera Academies each year, giving singers from across the world the opportunity to study and perform an operatic work at a high artistic level.