Evening Standard

Handel’s late masterpiece Theodora, which unfolds a tale of true love set against a backdrop of religious persecution, contains some of his most heart-rending music. Katie Mitchell’s new production for Covent Garden (for which theatre it was written, though it’s strictly a dramatic oratorio) promises to revisit the work from a twin perspective of modern feminism and contemporary religious terrorism. With the superstars Joyce DiDonato and Jakub Józef Orliński among the cast, and Julia Bullock in the title role, this is one not be missed.

Royal Opera House, January 31