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Postponed, date tba: AlcinaNew production

The LowrySalford Quays, Pier 8, Salford, North-West, M50 3AZ, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Wednesday 17 March 202119:00
Opera North
Laurence CummingsConductor
Tim AlberyDirector
Hannah ClarkSet Designer, Costume Designer
Máire FlavinSopranoAlcina
Patrick TerryCountertenorRuggiero
Lucie ChartinSopranoMorgana
Joanna Krasuska-MotulewiczMezzo-sopranoBradamante
Anthony GregoryTenorOronte
Thomas C HaseLighting Designer
Orchestra of Opera North

On an island paradise, a young man, Ruggiero, has fallen under the spell of a woman, Alcina, who is experiencing real love for the very first time. But on Alcina’s island nothing is as it seems, for she is an enchantress who transforms her discarded lovers into non-human form, and her island is a barren wasteland whose apparent beauty is maintained only by her powers of illusion. 

When Bradamante, Ruggiero’s fiancée, arrives on the island in disguise, intent on reclaiming her lost love, Alcina’s magic is tested to breaking point.

This extraordinary tale of deception and disguise, of love and loss, of enchantment and illusion, is told in some of Handel’s most richly inventive music, such as Ruggiero’s regretful farewell to the beauty of Alcina’s island, ‘Verdi prati’.

Opera North’s first ever production of one of Handel’s most popular operas is directed by Tim Albery, responsible for a sumptuous revival of Giulio Cesare here last year. It reunites him with Baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, who led the Company’s highly acclaimed production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea in 2014.

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