Alcina

Handel

Opéra

CREATED at Covent Garden, London, on 16 April 1735
SHOW IN ITALIAN WITH FRENCH OVERTITLES
ENSEMBLE & ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

MUSIC Georg Friedrich Handel
LIBRETTO Riccardo Broschi

MUSICAL DIRECTOR Leonardo García Alarcón 
CAPPELLA MEDITERRANEA

STAGING Serena Sinigaglia
STAGE SETS Edouardo Sanchi
COSTUMES Katarina Vukcevic
LIGHTING Alessandro Verazzi


WITH SUPPORT Banque Populaire Bourgogne Franche-Comté

  • CAST 

    ALCINA Kristina Mkhitaryan
    RUGGIERO Kangmin Justin Kim
    MORGANA Suzanne Jérosme
    BRADAMANTE Beth Taylor
    OBERTO Elisabeth Boudreault
    ORONTE Trystan Llyr Griffiths
    MELISSO Leonard Bernad

  • CO-PRODUCTION 

    CO-PRODUCTION 
    Opéra de Dijon,
    Opéra national de Lorraine, 
    Opéra National du Rhin

London, 1735: after a terrible year during which Handel found his familiar London lyric territory occupied by a rival troupe backed by the son of the King — and where reigned two virtuosi of the new Italian school, Porpora and the castrato Farinelli —Alcina marked the Saxon composer’s grand return to the operatic firmament, allowing him brilliant revenge against his competitors … brilliant from an artistic point of view — the opera is one of the composer’s most successful — as well as commercial, since the work would attain a remarkable 23 performances. 

Based on Arioste’s Rolando FuriosoAlcinatells the story of Bradamante, a female Christian knight who, disguised as her brother Ricciardo, rescues her betrothed, Ruggiero, from the grip of the wicked sorceress Alcina. In this vicious cycle of desire — Oronte loves Morgane, who loves Ricciardo, who in reality is Bradamante and who truly loves Ruggiero, who succumbs to Alcina’s spells of false love — amorous twists and progressive discovery and initiation into these real and profound sentiments are at the heart of an opera devoted for the most part to wonder and fantasy. And it succeeds brilliantly in the challenge, through musical characters best served by the composer, allowing us to share the imperious passion, fury, despair and dejection in defeat of the lovelorn sorceress, whose spells weave a magic that remains with us long after the performance. 

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  • April 2020
    • Wednesday 15 at 20:00
    • Friday 17 at 20:00
    • Sunday 19 at 15:00

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