Classical music

Apollo and Daphne

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Your typical Handel opera has a multitude of characters and runs for more than three hours. With Apollo e Dafne, however, the composer showed he could also write a short, sharp, enjoyable two-hander.

This 40-minute episode of pure Handelian fun is drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

When the god Apollo makes fun of Cupid’s archery skills, Cupid takes revenge, shooting him with an arrow that makes him fall in love with Daphne – who’s having none of his advances.

But there’s also a serious message to take home – that you can’t have it all your own way in the pursuit of happiness.

This celebration of Handel also includes music the composer wrote for Ben Jonson’s play The Alchemist, a classic 18th-century satire on the follies of pleasure seekers, and two Concerto Grosso showing off the skills of the orchestra’s period instrument specialists.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jonathan Cohen conductor
Katherine Watson soprano
James Newby baritone


Handel: Suite from The Alchemist
Manfredini: Concerto grosso in D, Op.3 No.9
Handel: Concerto grosso in A minor, Op.6 No.4
Handel: Cantata, Apollo e Dafne (La terra è liberata)

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £60
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
2 – 3 events (15% discount)
4 – 7 events (20% discount)
8 or more events (25% discount)

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Under-35s receive a 50% discount. Please bring identification for proof of age.

Children and student £5 tickets are available for every concert.

These discounts, and the £5 tickets, are not available on top-price seats.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Admission free.