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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