What's On

Saturday 2 December 2023, 7pm

Saffron Hall 10th Birthday: Handel's Rodelinda

Saffron Hall 10th Birthday: Handel's Rodelinda

Presented by Saffron Hall

Part of 10th Birthday Celebrations

Tickets from £21

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Iestyn Davies stood in in a lift with the doors open and this hands on the sides of the wall, looking into the camera

We celebrate ten years of unrivalled early vocal music with star British singers countertenor Iestyn Davies and soprano Lucy Crowe, who head a scintillating Anglo-American cast in perhaps Handel’s greatest opera.

The English Concert’s recent recording of the work was rapturously received. “The singing is first-rate, while Harry Bicket has an unerring ear for pacing and instrumental colour” wrote Gramophone. Here much of that starry cast is reunited for a concert performance.

A story of estrangement, deception, and redemption, the opera contains some of the most florid and sensuous music in all Handel opera. The story of Rodelinda, her exiled husband King Betarido and a pair of shamelessly scheming allies’ lust for power – and the vulnerable queen, it fizzes with energy and a barely suppressed fury.

Fresh from a European Tour and en route to New York, this is a dream line-up of artists in one of the high points of baroque opera.




This concert is part of a series supported by the Padfield Family

Performance information

Running time

3 hours 30 minutes


Concert performance sung in Italian

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Booking information

Seating style

Cabaret table seating will be available for this performance.


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.


Shuttle bus

Pre-show shuttle bus will be operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance

More info

Programme and performers


  • George Frideric Handel Rodelinda 3 hours


  • The English Concert
  • Harry Bicket director
  • Lucy Crowe Rodelinda
  • Iestyn Davies Bertarido
  • Brandon Cedel Garibaldo
  • Eric Ferring Grimoaldo
  • Christine Rice Eduige
  • Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Unulfo

10th Birthday Celebrations

Saffron Hall turns 10 this year! This event forms part of a celebratory weekend packed with concerts, community events, workshops, and special guest performances.

Bright red, pink and white logo reading: 10 years

Information for your visit

Saturday 2 December 2023, 7pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Pre-show shuttle bus

6pm - 7pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

6pm - 6.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts


Act 1

First interval

Act 2

Second interval

Act 3

Show ends

10.30pm (approx)
Act 3 is due to end at approximately 10.30pm

Post-show shuttle bus

10.30pm – 11.30pm
Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.
More info

Additional information


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Can't find your e-tickets?

Log in here to download your e-ticket from our website

Exterior of Saffron Hall showing the Saffron Walden County High School and Saffron Hall signs next to each other

Plan Your Visit

Everything you need to know about visiting Saffron Hall including getting here, parking, the shuttle bus and more
Light floods through the windows of the auditorium on to the blue theatre seats


Find out about our accessible seating and how to book either online, via email or over the phone
Saffron Hall car park full of cars


We have over 400 free parking spaces on site for our visitors

Make a donation

You may not know that Saffron Hall Trust is a registered charity. In order to sustain our work we really need your support.

A woman dressed in a harlequin style costume in red, white and black gestures towards the camera animatedly

Related shows

See all
Cinderella stood in a dark room facing the camera against a window, dressed in red

English Touring Opera: Cinderella

Saturday 21 October 2023, 7pm
Rossini’s opera is a vivacious retelling of the Cinderella story, complete with a murderously wicked stepfather and astonishingly virtuosic vocal lines

Saffron Opera Group: Der Rosenkavalier

Sunday 10 September 2023, 2.30pm
A ravishing recreation of Richard Strauss’ nostalgic immersion in 18th-century Vienna, featuring one of opera's greatest ever trios
A member of the cast standing on stage in costume looking away from the Camera

English Touring Opera: Coronation of Poppea

Friday 20 October 2023, 7pm
Monteverdi’s darkly troubling depiction of violence and intrigue at the court of the Emperor Nero was one of the first operatic masterpieces