George Frideric Handel
Seductive sorceress Alcina can conjure anything she wants – anything, except love.
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.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani