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 (USA only)
Alice Coote Ariodante (Europe only)
Christiane Karg Ginevra
Mary Bevan Dalinda
Sonia Prina Polinesso
David Portillo Lucanio
Matthew Brook King of Scotland
Bradley Smith Odoardo (Europe only)
Tyson Miller Odoardo (USA only)

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.

WHAT THE CRITICS HAD TO SAY:

‘a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note.’ – New York Classical Review

"To hear The English Concert playing Handel is to arrive in technicolour Oz after a lifetime of black and white baroque in Kansas.' - The Arts Desk

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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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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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Hailed by the Telegraph as one of the first-rate young British singers ‘delivering consistently exciting singing’ for her stand out performances on opera and concert platforms, Mary Bevan is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.

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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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World renowned Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our day. Equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital she has been named the ‘superlative British Mezzo’ (San Francisco Chronicle). Her performances have been described as ‘breathtaking in [its] sheer conviction and subtlety of perception’ (The Times) and her voice as ‘beautiful, to...

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