Figure presents a semi-staged performance of Handel's Serse
King Serse falls in love with the voice of his brother’s beloved, and tries to use his authority to force her to marry him. An exploration of power, desire, and human frailty, Serse features some of Handel’s most striking music, including one of his most famous arias, ‘Ombra mai fu’. In this production, a physical theatre ensemble will bring the vibrant atmosphere of Serse’s court to life.
Figure is a recently-established historical performance ensemble that aims to represent the rising generation of performers, and to expand the scope and practices of historical music. Figure gives performances which are intimate and highly expressive, using light and space to create an environment which connects the music and its listeners as closely as possible.
“The work took wing, with singers and players magnificently delivering its climactic moments of terror and joy… The whole performance had thrilling immediacy.” – Michael Church, Music Critic for The Independent, on the St John Passion
“compellingly responsive and exuding sheer enjoyment… The overall effect is to leave one speechless”. – Jane Darcey for The Reviews Hub on the Gran Partita