George Frideric Handel (1684 - 1759)



George Frideric Handel (1684 - 1759) Alcina

Dramma per musica in three acts
Anonymous libretto after l'Alcina delusa da Ruggiero by Antonio Marchi, inspired by Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso
Created on 16 April 1735 at Covent Garden, London

Musical directionAndrea Marcon
Stage directionKatie Mitchell
Stage designChloe Lamford
Costumes designLaura Hopkins
LightJames Farncombe
ChoreographyJoseph W. Alford
AlcinaPatricia Petibon
RuggieroPhilippe Jaroussky
MorganaAnna Prohaska*
BradamanteKatarina Bradić
OronteAnthony Gregory*
MelissoKrzysztof Baczyk*
ChorusMusicAeterna (Chorus of the Perm Opera)
OrchestraFreiburger Barockorchester

Production / Coproduction
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with the Boshoi Theater


Alcina is a magician who has put her craft to good use in the art of seduction: thanks to her illusory charms, she attracts knights on her islands whom she transforms soon enough into wild beasts or rocks. But at last the seductress is seduced. She has fallen in love with the knight Ruggiero, in whom she erases all memories of his previous life. Caught in her own trap, Alcina is doomed to decline: Ruggiero will abandon her and return to the faithful Bradamante. Deprived of her magic spells, she will be left with her tears only. Drawing on the inexhaustible wealth of stories offered by Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, Handel composed Alcina in 1735 a few months after Ariodante for the same singers. In this work he is at the height of his creativity, finding renewed inspiration in the enchantments experienced by this tragic heroin.

* Former artist of the Festival d'Aix Académie

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On 2, 4, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 20 July 2015 at 7pm


Prices: 250€, 165€, 115€, 55€, 30€, 15€ (restricted view to no visibility)

Youth price: 15€

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Children discovery offer on every performance except on the premiere

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3h40 intermission included

Performance in Italian with French surtitles

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