George Frideric Handel (1684 - 1759)



George Frideric Handel (1684 - 1759) Ariodante

Dramma per musica in three acts (1735)
Anonymous libretto after Ginevra, principessa di Scozia by Antonio Salvi (1708), inspired by Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso
Created on 8 january 1735 at Covent Garden, London

Musical directionAndrea Marcon
Stage directionRichard Jones
Stage design and costumesUltz
LightMimi Jordan Sherin
ChoreographyLucy Burge
AriodanteSarah Connolly
GinevraPatricia Petibon
DalindaSandrine Piau
PolinessoSonia Prina
LurcanioDavid Portillo
Il Re di ScorziaLuca Tittoto*
OdoardoChristopher Diffey
ChorusEnglish Voices
OrchestraFreiburger Barockorchester

Production / Coproduction
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam


Beloved of the king, beloved yet more of his daughter was this knight,
named Ariodante, because he was wondrously brave, but above all
because she knew he loved her in return. She knew that neither Vesuvius nor the
Sicilian volcano nor Troy ever burned with such flames as Ariodante
nurtured in his heart for her.

Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso (1516)

In the deceptive light of the moon a man sings of how the woman he loves has betrayed him. Yet the knight Ariodante and Princess Ginevra had sworn eternal fidelity to each other. But the treacherous Polinesso, who also desires the young woman, has succeeded in painting her as unfaithful. Fathomless despair, a failed suicide attempt and mortal combat will all be involved in re-establishing the truth. Antonio Salvi’s skilful libretto, with a plot based on Ariosto’s famous best-seller Orlando Furioso, provides Handel with the opportunity to compose his most perfect opera. Its sublime music, written for the greatest singers of his day, contrasts the joy of sunlit days with the desolation of night. This will be the first time that this masterpiece is heard in the Théâtre de l’Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence, beneath a moon no less complicit in the fatal illusion for being real.

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On 3, 5, 10, 12, 16 and 18 July 2014 at 9pm


Prices: 250€, 165€, 115€, 55€, 30€

Youth price: 15€

Performance available within the individual packages and subscription

Children discovery offer on 10 and 16 July

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4h two intervals included

Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles

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