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Opera Essentia

~ Neglected Treasures of Handel, Distilled for All... ~

Current Production:

Opera Essentia May 2024 poster

May 24, 25, 31 & June 2
Jeffrey Mandelbaum ~ Artistic Director
Marty Jeiven ~ Executive Producer

Trailer for "Rosmene's Choice", a Distillation of Handel's Imeneo:

Full Film of "Rosmene's Choice":

Highlights from "Orlando: Hero of Love"

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Opera Essentia’s mission is to bring under-reached communities one of history’s most transfixing art forms. We curate the largely unknown works of Handel into one-hour, approachable performances in New York City gardens, parks, and other neighborhood gathering centers.

ACCESS: We bring opera “outside” — literally outdoors, but more importantly — liberated from classical music’s traditional venues. Contrasting opera’s usually expensive and exclusive productions, we offer ours free of charge in Alphabet City, Harlem, Crown Heights, and other locales.

INCLUSION: Delivered in a concise One Act experience and performed by a diverse company of world-class musicians, we expose new listeners to neglected works by the composer of that annual holiday staple, The Messiah.

IMPACT: Handel perfectly conveys character and emotion through deeply expressive writing for the human voice. Opera Essentia presents this vital music on visceral gut-string instruments, delivering a transformational experience which all can enjoy.


This ensemble web page is provided by Gotham Early Music Scene.