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
Alice Coote Ariodante*
Christiane Karg Ginevra
Mary Bevan Dalinda*
Sonia Prina Polinesso
David Portillo Lucanio
Matthew Brook King of Scotland
Bradley Smith Odoardo
Richly scored and tightly plotted, an all-star cast brings to life one of Handel’s finest operas, Ariodante. Following her stunning appearances in Alcina and Hercules (in 2014 and 2015 respectively), the latest instalment in our Handel opera series sees the return of one of our favourite collaborators Alice Coote 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.
*Alice Coote and Mary Bevan are kindly standing in for the indisposed Joyce DiDonato and Joelle Harvey.