Opera

Alcina

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)
Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Opera seria in three acts | Libretto: unknown, after the epic poem "Orlando furioso" (1516) by Ludovico Ariosto | World premiere: 1735 in London
Sa, 03.11.2018
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Heather Engebretson, Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Franziska Gottwald, Heather Engebretson, Silvia Hauer
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Franziska Gottwald, Wolf Matthias Friedrich, Katharina Konradi
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Heather Engebretson, Katharina Konradi
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Katharina Konradi, Silvia Hauer
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Heather Engebretson
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Benedikt Nawrath, Katharina Konradi
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Franziska Gottwald, Heather Engebretson
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Franziska Gottwald, Silvia Hauer
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Katharina Konradi, Silvia Hauer
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Heather Engebretson
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Heather Engebretson
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Silvia Hauer, Katharina Konradi
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Franziska Gottwald
Photo: Paul Leclaire
Silvia Hauer, Heather Engebretson
Photo: Paul Leclaire

Alcina, an enchantress who uses her magic to lure many lovers into her power, falls in love with Ruggiero, a warrior, who under her spell forsakes his duty and his betrothed, Bradamante. Bradamante, however, will not put up with it and travels to Alcina’s island to find him, disguised as her own brother. Alcina realises too late that Ruggiero could release himself from her grip, and goes down with her own magic kingdom.

Handel’s 1735 opera seria gave the public the magnificent theatrical effects and transformations which they expected, yet in a surprising way throughout: Alcina’s lush, enchanted island is exposed as an illusion; the forces with which she manipulates her male castaways are revealed to be a mere mirage, and everything goes up in smoke. Alcina realises that she has lost the powers which once made her extraordinary. What remains is a lonely woman lamenting her anger – admittedly in some of the most beautiful arias that Handel ever composed for his London audience.

Cast

Conductor Konrad Junghänel
Production Ingo Kerkhof

Stage Designer Anne Neuser
Costume Designer Stephan von Wedel
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Lighting Designer Ralf Baars
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Alcina Cristina Pasaroiu
Ruggiero Lena Belkina
Morgana Shira Patchornik
Bradamante Marion Eckstein
Oronte Julian Habermann
Melisso Florian Küppers
Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:05