Isle of Noise

Handel Furioso


Directed by: Max Hoehn

A New Staging of Arias and Duets by Handel

Handel Furioso is a love story told through arias and duets, exploring a couple’s life together from childhood to old age. Two outstanding young singers, Anna Starushkevych (Winner of the Handel Singing Competiton 2012) and Robyn Allegra Parton appear in this production, directed by Max Hoehn. Acclaimed soloist, Julian Perkins, conducts the Sounds Baroque Ensemble, following their much-admired recording of early cantatas. Handel Furioso has evolved from a thirty-minute showcase, successfully presented at Grimeborn 2012, into a full-length piece of theatre, with music from Rodelinda, Rinaldo, and lesser known works, accompanied for the first time by a period ensemble. This is the opening production by a new company, [Isle of Noise]( whose aim is to create new work, freely adapted from existing repertoire and presented outside the context of a traditional opera house. The production is part-funded by an Arts Council Grant award.


Handel Furioso (Grimeborn 2012) Directed by Max Hoehn

“Delightful entertainment. The music is exquisitely expressed.” What’s on Stage

The Emperor of Atlantis (Grimeborn 2011, 2012) Directed by Max Hoehn

Daily Telegraph ★★★★

What’s on Stage ★★★★

“Overwhelmingly powerful” Evening Standard

“Captivating” The Stage

Conversazioni I (Cantatas by Albinoni, Handel and Scarlatti)
Sounds Baroque Ensemble CD for Avie Records

“Effortless virtuosity. I look forward to the next release.” International Record Review

Handel Furioso (2012) production photos by Richard Hubert Smith


Opera returns to Arcola Theatre with an expanded Grimeborn Festival, once again featuring a mix of new works with classics and rarely performed works. Now in its seventh year, Grimeborn is dedicated to celebrating the world of Opera while also making it accessible to both new and established audiences.

Grimeborn is bigger than ever before. This year’s festival will take place in both Studios, allowing each production to add more performances. Additionally, there will be a few one-off concerts and operas on selected dates.

“Grimeborn Opera is in serious danger
of becoming a bit of an institution”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian



Buy 2 dates in the same booking for only £27 (£13.50 per performance)


Buy 3 dates in the same booking for only £36 (£12 per performance)

Offers available online or by phone using one of the following codes:

2 Opera Offer code = OPERA2

3 Opera offer code = OPERA3

terms and conditions: The 2 Opera offer excludes one-off performances. These offers cannot be combined with any other offer. Both two and three date offer tickets must be booked in the same booking to receive discount, no retrospective discounts available. Any tickets purchased as part of this offer and subsequently changed to another date will be upgraded to full price in addition to a transaction fee. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions)

Please note there is not a performance of Handel Furioso on 29 August

Valid for use with Arcola Passport