Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759)

From 23/03/2003 in Ghent - from 09/04/2003 in Antwerp

  • David Alden
  • Christine Rice
  • Lyne Fortin
  • Laura Nykänen
  • Olga Pasichnyk
  • John McVeigh
  • Musical direction: Christoph Poppen
  • Director: David Alden
  • Ariodante: Christine Rice
  • Ginevra: Lyne Fortin
  • Polinesso: Laura Nykänen
  • Dalinda: Olga Pasichnyk

Georg Friedrich Händel wrote about forty Italian operas for the London theatres. Among them, "Ariodante" is definitely a masterpiece, even though the reputation of this musical drama set in medieval Scotland was long overshadowed by his better-known operas "Alcina", "Serse" and "Rinaldo". As in "Orlando", Ariosto’s famous epic "Orlando furioso" was the source of inspiration. With a direct narration that is most unusual for Händel, this drama with its happy end contains a wealth of melodious arias and emotional expression.


Surtitles: Dutch.


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