The London Handel Festival and The Royal Opera announce a co-production of Handel’s Susanna starring members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme

Samir Savant, Festival Director of the London Handel Festival, said: ‘We
are delighted to be working again with the Royal Opera House after the
acclaimed success of Berenice in this year’s London Handel
Festival. The Linbury Theatre is the perfect setting for Susanna,
and we look forward to working with the Jette Parker Young Artists. The
scheme provides outstanding opportunities for young talent, which is in
line with our major aim to encourage and promote the next generation of

Director Isabelle Kettle, who joins the Jette Parker Young Artists
Programme from the 2019/20 Season, makes her Royal Opera directing debut
with Susanna. Patrick Milne, who joined the Jette Parker Young
Artists Programme in September 2018, will make his Linbury Theatre
conducting debut with Susanna.

The cast is led by South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha who
takes the title role. Chilean soprano Yaritza VÈliz sings Daniel,
Scottish-Iranian bass-baritone Michael Mofidian sings Chelsias and Judge,
and Uruguayan tenor AndrÈs Presno sings the First Elder. American
countertenor Patrick Terry, who came second in the 2019 Handel Singing
Competition, sings Susanna’s husband Joacim. Terry recently made his Royal
Opera debut singing the role of Arsace in Berenice, the first
co-production between the London Handel Festival and The Royal Opera. The
remainder of the cast are two Link Artists of the Jette Parker Young
Artists Programme: April Koyejo-Audiger and Blaise Malaba, making their
Royal Opera debuts.

The London Handel Festival today also announces three further concerts this
year following the success of the 2019 Festival. The three concerts will
all take place at St George’s Hanover Square, Handel’s own church. On 18
June the London Handel Orchestra and Pegasus Choir perform Handel’s Choice of Hercules and Bach’s Magnificat, conducted by Adrian
Butterfield. The soloists are Joanne Lunn, Anna Dennis, Patrick Terry,
Laurence Killsby and Hugo Herman-Wilson. September sees the annual Handel
Singing Competition showcase, featuring Laurence Cummings and the 2019
finalists. Completing the year is the Festival’s annual presentation of
Handel’s Messiah, performed by the London Handel Orchestra and the
Choir of St George’s.

The full programme of the 2020 London Handel Festival, ‘Handel and the
Hanoverians’ will be announced later this year.


All cast are members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, or JPYAP
Link Artists

Patrick Milne conductor

Isabelle Kettle director

Masabene Cecilia Rangwanasha Susanna

Patrick Terry Joacim

Yaritza VÈliz Daniel

April Koyejo-Audiger Attendant

Michael Mofidian Chelsias and Judge

AndrÈs Presno First Elder

Blaise Malaba Second Elder