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One woman, four suitors? Love's complicated enough when it's a game for two.

Rosmira still loves the man who jilted her, Arsace. He, unfortunately, is in love with beautiful Partenope. As too are Armindo and Emilio. So naturally, Rosmira dresses up as a man and becomes another of Partenope’s suitors, in order to win back Arsace. And that’s before things get really tangled…

Combining glittering arias and wonderful ensembles, Handel’s comic masterpiece follows the exploits of four rival suitors in pursuit of Partenope’s love.

Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production – with designs inspired by the Surrealist imagery of Man Ray – returns for its first revival.

Baroque-specialist Christian Curnyn conducts a world-class cast, including soprano Sarah Tynan, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, and tenor Rupert Charlesworth.

"a home of stylish Handel opera"

The Guardian

"moments of heart-melting expressivity"

The Evening Standard

"an attractive spectacle"

The Daily Telegraph

Running Time
3hrs 30mins

Running time includes two intervals of approximately 20 minutes each.

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.


Pre performance talk
20 Mar 2017
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

Co-production with Opera Australia
Revival supported by a syndicate of donors

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Discover Partenope

Creative Team

Christian Curnyn


Christopher Alden


Andrew Lieberman

Set Designer

Jon Morrell

Costume Designer

Adam Silverman

Lighting Designer

Amanda Holden



Sarah Tynan


Patricia Bardon


James Laing


Rupert Charlesworth


Stephanie Windsor Lewis


Matthew Durkan