Although Flavio, premiered in 1723, deals with motives of love, honour, and duty, the tone is domestic, with less emphasis than in many other operas on political or military changes of fortune. Though hardly a comedy, it does seem to move to a more detached view of human interactions. The action is set in Lombardy during the dark ages: the stratagem of sending unwanted individuals away to govern Britain Ė striking overtones of honour and punishment Ė would no doubt have been taken humorously by the London audiences.
The music embraces a wide variety of emotions, with duets, one for each pair of lovers, framing the beginning and end of the opera. In Act III, as one lover pleads the case of his rival, the ambiguity of the situation causes a splendid ironical frisson in the plot, reflected in the music. Handel revived Flavio once, in 1732, its modest success in its day reflecting the tastes of contemporary audiences rather than its musical or dramatic quality. It is far better appreciated today as one of the composerís most inventive operas, full of the varied imagination, superb arias, and excellent melody we expect from Handelís best operas.
Founded in 1994 by its music director, Christian Curnyn, the Early Opera Company is now firmly established as one of Britainís leading early music ensembles. The Companyís debut production of Handelís Serse led to an invitation to perform at the BOC Covent Garden Festival, and this was followed by three performances of Ariodante. In 1998 the Company made its debut at St Johnís, Smith Square with a concert performance of Charpentierís Actťon and Purcellís Dido and Aeneas and was invited to stage Handelís Orlando at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the South Bank Early Music Festival.
Since then the Company has performed at many leading festivals. Highlights have included productions of Dido and Aeneas at the Vic Early Music Festival in Spain, Handelís Agrippina at St Johnís, and Handelís Partenope at the Buxton Festival and the Snape Proms at Aldeburgh.
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