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Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)


Opera in 3 acts
Libretto by Antonio Fanzalia based on Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, arranged by Antonio Machi
First performed at Royal Theatre Covent Garden in London,  April 16th 1735


Alcina Olga Peretyatko
Ruggiero Florin Cezar Ouatu
Morgana Sophie Graf
Bradamante Delphine Galou
Oronte Juan Francisco Gatell
Melisso Giovanni Furlanetto
Oberto Paolo Lopez

Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Tanzkompagnie des Theaters St. Gallen
Opéra de Lausanne choir

Conductor Ottavio Dantone
Director Marco Santi
Choreograph Marco Santi and dancers
Set designer Katrin Hieronimus
Costume designer Katharina Beth
Lighting designer Guido Petzold
Video Kristian Breitenbach
Chef de choeur Véronique Carrot

Production Opéra de Lausanne, coproduction with Theater St. Gallen

Sunday 19 February 12, 5PM
Wednesday 22 February 12, 7PM
Friday 24 Febrary 12, 8PM
Sunday 26 February 12, 5PM

Salle Métropole

Duration: about 3:05 interval included

The magic opera genre was popular with London audiences at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The love-struck sorceresses of Rinaldo (1711), Teseo (1713), Amadigi (1715) and Alcina (1735) were all great successes for Handel. Alcina, the third opera inspired by Arioste’s Orlando furioso, has stayed in the minds of music lovers thanks to the famous Decca recording of 1962, conducted by Richard Bonynge, who accompanied Joan Sutherland. The beauty of the airs of this partition has resisted the treatment imposed on the repertoire, a fact which shows the timelessness of this masterpiece, presented today by Ottavio Dantone.

Extract of the show