Handel's Ariodante

Richly scored and tightly plotted, an all-star cast brings to life one of Handel’s finest operas.

The English Concert
Harry Bicket director/harpsichord

Joyce DiDonato Ariodante
Christiane Karg Ginevra
Joelle Harvey Dalinda
Sonia Prina Polinesso
David Portillo Lucanio
Matthew Brook King of Scotland
Tyson Miller Odoardo

Richly scored and tightly plotted, an all-star cast brings to life one of Handel’s finest operas, Ariodante. Following her stunning portrayal of Alcina in 2014, the latest instalment in our Handel opera series sees the much-anticipated return of the ever effervescent Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Marking 500 years since the publication of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, a tale of knights and entangled love, Ariodante stands as Handel’s final opera on the subject after Alcina and Orlando.

Whether an aficionado or someone new to baroque opera, this perfect example of Handel’s art, packed with virtuosity and emotional range, is not to be missed.

Joyce DiDonato credit Pari Dukovic

“Joyce sings, and the world is suddenly brighter.”- Jake Heggie in Gramophone magazine,

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Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007

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Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall) and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato...

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"Susanna Hurrell and Joélle Harvey sound terrific as Erisbe and Sicle respectively...A more exquisite evening would be hard to imagine." Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 2014

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Born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, Christiane Karg studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the Music Conservatory in Verona. She is a member of the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera where her roles include Susanna, Musetta, Pamina, Servilia, Zdenka (Arabella), the title role of La Calisto. She returns to Frankfurt this season to sing Mélisande in a new Claus Guth production of Pelléas and Mélisande...

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Sonia Prina studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan where she earned degrees in trumpet and voice. In 1994 she was admitted to the Teatro alla Scala’s vocal Academy for young singers and by 1997 she had begun performing operas with a special interest in Baroque repertoire. Her rare contralto voice quickly came to notice on the international lyric scene.

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“David Portillo’s agile and sweetly sung apprentice David deservedly steals the show” The Independent, 2016

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"Matthew Brook, who turns anything he sings to gold" Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

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