Photo: Sven Arnstein

Soprano Claire Booth makes her Royal Opera debut next week, singing the title role in Handel’s Berenice. A co-production with the London Handel Festival, Berenice runs in the newly refurbished Linbury Theatre for eight performances only until 7th April. The production is conducted by Laurence Cummings and directed by Adele Thomas, with a cast including Rachael Lloyd, Jacquelyn Stucker, James Laing, Patrick Terry, Alessandro Fisher and William Berger.

First performed in 1737 (at London’s Covent Garden Theatre), Berenice pits two strong women against each other in a battle of love and politics. This production will feature a new English translation by Croatian librettist Selma Dimitrijevic, after Antonio Salvi’s original.

Berenice marks the first of two Handel outings in the coming months for Claire, who will perform the role of Nitocris in Belshazzar at this year’s Grange Festival, another company debut.

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