5 - Ryedale Festival Opera - Handel - Alcina

5 - Ryedale Festival Opera - Handel - Alcina

16 July 2016 6:00 pm

Ampleforth College Theatre

5 - Ryedale Festival Opera - Handel - Alcina

Ryedale Festival Opera
Handel – Alcina
(with picnic interval)

Nina Brazier (Director)
Ian Tindale (Musical Director)
Maira Vazeou (Designer)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience scheme

Alcina: Cherise Lagasse
Morgana: Robyn Allegra Parton
Oberto: Sophie Gallagher
Ruggiero: Timothy Morgan
Bradamante: Maria Ostroukhova
Oronte: Joel Williams
Melisso: Jerome Knox

Chorus: Miranda Wright Singers
Anna Fernandez-Guerra (soprano)
Charlotte Heslop (mezzo-soprano)
James Draper (tenor)     

Alexander Lass (Assistant Director)
Richard Moore (Assistant MD)

Time stands still on the enchanted island of Alcina. She is a beautiful sorceress who seduces countless men, but soon tires of them and transforms them into rocks or wild beasts before they can grow old. When the handsome knight Ruggiero arrives on her shores it seems he will be her latest victim. But he is pursued by his betrothed Bradamante who is determined to break Alcina’s spell – and gradually the tables are turned.  Alcina falls in love with Ruggiero: the enchantress is enchanted!  She has found true love, but loses her lover, who returns to the faithful Bradamante. Alcina’s spell is broken; time no longer stands still in her kingdom; all have grown older and wiser. Sung here by a cast of outstanding young singers in the first performance of a new English translation by John Warrack, this is one of Handel’s greatest masterpieces – an operatic fantasy of temptation and transformation.

‘with its unerring knack of flushing out operas that are ideally suited to their surroundings Ryedale Festival Opera has hit the target yet again…there were only nine singers, but not a weak link among them… vivacious, emotional and clear toned…a poignant and rewarding show’ – Opera magazine

No bar at this performance

Prices

Full - £35.00    Gold - £28.00    Silver - £31.50    Under 25s - £17.50

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