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Presented by English Touring Opera
Sung In English

Part of Harrogate Theatre's Festival of Baroque Opera

"Hannah Pedley brings plenty of vocal and physical charisma to the sorceress Medea, while Catrine Kirkman manages to suggest both Isiphile’s vulnerability and her clinging quality." The Stage

Audiences in Venice loved to laugh at the vices of gods and heroes, as their prolific master, Cavalli, understood. Jason was his most popular opera, and the runaway success of the century.

The hero of the Golden Fleece has useful amnesia; he has forgotten his sighing wife and struck up a relationship with beautiful, mysterious Medea. Jason is the Valentino of his day, with tunes so sensuous that ladies fainted and men craned for better look.

Like many operas from this period, the story uses classical myth as a jumping off point. The opera opens after Jason has abandoned his wife, Isiphile, for the sorceress Medea. Cupid, protector of Isiphile, intervenes on her behalf, sending Jason and a motley cast of characters on a rocky journey back to his family in Lemnos.

Cavalli’s dazzling score careens fluidly between humour and pathos, intrigue and adventure. Witty, melodic and entertainingly decadent, this new production is directed by Ted Huffman (The Lighthouse) and stars Hannah Pedley as Medea and Clint Van Der Linde as Jason.

See some of the production images here:

Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith

Did you know?

Jason was the runaway hit opera of the 17th century, presumably because audiences in Venice loved to laugh at mythic figures they all recognised. People of all backgrounds went to Venice’s opera houses to see it, creating an atmosphere akin to that found in England at Shakespeare’s Globe.

It’s perfect for you if…

Early music aficionados will love Cavalli's vibrant, melodic score, full of gentle love duets and lively dances, and a perfect example of Venetian baroque at its best.

In contrast, you'll find Jason's bawdy humour and slapstick gags aren't a million miles away from the suggestive comedy of the Carry On... films.

Finally, for fans of glamorous costumes, designer Samal Blak has taken inspiration from various historical periods to create stylish clothing for the singers to wear.

Watch the trailer here:

Listen to some of the music from the Baroque Opera Festival:


Sung in English
Performed with a live period orchestra
Running time: approx. 2 hours 15 minutes (incl. interval)

Watch some of the cast in rehearsals and English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway talk about the season below:

Watch a clip of English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway introduce the Opera below:


At 6.30pm in the Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar a member of the artistic team will be talking about this opera to allow you a unique insight into this production.

Covering topics such as the historical context, life of the composer and how the show made it from the page to the stage this is your chance to hear more about the show.

This event is free to ticket holders for the evening performance.
No need to book – just turn up.
Running time: 30 minutes

View the full Harrogate Theatres September 2013 – March 2014 Season Brochure below

Show timesShow Dates and Times
Book Tickets online now or ring our box office on 01423 502 116

31 October 2013 7.30pm Tickets Available

Buy Tickets Show timesPricing Information

Stalls £22
Concessions £20

Circle £25
Concessions £22

Balcony £18
Concessions £16

Boxes (seat 4) £72 *

Buy 2 shows **
Stalls £40
Circle £45

Buy 3 shows **
Stalls £54
Circle £60

* Boxes may offer restricted view.
** please call the Box Office on 01423 502116 to ensure the correct discount is applied.

Baroque Opera From Venice

Join us for glorious music, timeless stories and a live experience to stir your passions.
In 17th century Venice, residents and tourists alike celebrated for months during Carnival season. At its heart was opera, a thrilling spectacle enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
This Autumn, English Touring Opera brings Venice to you with a season of three operas written to be performed during Carnival.
Thur 31 Oct
Audiences in Venice loved to laugh at gods and heroes and, as a result, Jason was the runaway success of the 17th century.
The hero of the Golden Fleece forgets his wife, shirks his responsibilities and strikes up a relationship with a beautiful, mysterious queen. With sensuous tunes and bawdy comedy, Jason embodies the true spirit of Venetian opera.
Fri 1 Nov
The Coronation Of Poppea
Love, power, morality, corruption... Monteverdi’s masterpiece depicts the ruthless Roman Emperor Nero and his fiery affair with beautiful Poppea.
Lust and ambition triumph – very seductively – over virtue and reason.
Sat 2 Nov
Agrippina features the same real-life characters as The Coronation of Poppea, but is more of a comedy, with Nero’s mother scheming to get her son on the Roman throne.
Translated in the style of a Restoration comedy, this one’s for you if you’ve enjoyed The Way of the World or She Stoops to Conquer.
Sun 3 Nov
Vivaldi: Music For A Venetian Orphanage
ETO soloists and baroque orchestra the Old Street Band combine with Harrogate Vocalis in the atmospheric concert.


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Venue : Harrogate Theatre
Auditorium : Harrogate Theatre Main House
Company : English Touring Opera
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