George Frideric Handel

Alcina

Seductive sorceress Alcina can conjure anything she wants – anything, except love.

13 June – 6 August 2020
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Description

Alcina rules over an enchanted island – its trees, rocks and animals are all the bewitched forms of her discarded lovers.

But Ruggiero is different. Alcina has really fallen for the handsome knight. Can love perform the ultimate enchantment and transform Alcina herself? Or, faced with her lover’s desertion, will she once again choose vengeance and violence?

A son searching for his father; a woman searching for her fiance; a sorceress searching for truth: Handel’s last and greatest ‘magic’ opera is an exuberant fantasy full of illusion and wizardry, but it’s also a probing psychological portrait of love in all its forms. In Alcina herself, Handel creates one of the most complex and compelling heroines of his career – at once witch and woman, villain and victim.

Director Francesco Micheli brings style and sumptuous excess to Glyndebourne’s first ever staging, conducted by Gianluca Capuano.

A new production for Festival 2020. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Creative team

Conductor
Gianluca Capuano

Director
Francesco Micheli

Set Designer
Edoardo Sanchi

Costume Designer
Alessio Rosati

Choreographer
Mike Ashcroft

Lighting Designer
Bruno Poet

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Cast includes

Alcina
Kristina Mkhitaryan

Ruggiero
Anna Stéphany

Morgana
Nina Minasyan

Oberto
Rowan Pierce

Bradamante
Avery Amereau

Oronte
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani

Melisso
Alastair Miles


Supported by
A syndicate of individuals

If you are interested in supporting a future production please contact development@glyndebourne.com or learn more here

Image credits
Main image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop

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