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Alcina - Georg Friedrich Haendel / Festival d'Opéra Baroque et Romantique de Beaune

Music, Lyric art, Classical music, Music, Opera in Beaune
  • ACLINA / LES EPOPEES / STEPHANE FUGET

  • Alcina was composed during the 1734-35 season, one of Handel's most sumptuous, during which he also presented Ariodante, another masterpiece that was also a resounding success.
    Alcina is a magical opera full of supernatural effects, in which the magician Alcina lures humans to her enchanted island to transform them into stones, trees or wild animals. Her last prisoner is a young knight, Ruggiero, with whom she falls in love and to whom she gives up her human form.

    Thanks to a magic ring...
    Alcina was composed during the 1734-35 season, one of Handel's most sumptuous, during which he also presented Ariodante, another masterpiece that was also a resounding success.
    Alcina is a magical opera full of supernatural effects, in which the magician Alcina lures humans to her enchanted island to transform them into stones, trees or wild animals. Her last prisoner is a young knight, Ruggiero, with whom she falls in love and to whom she gives up her human form.

    Thanks to a magic ring that delivers him from Alcina's spell, he succeeds in breaking the urn containing her evil powers and restores the captives to their human form. This is one of Handel's most perfect compositions, and he uses his imagination to create a succession of arias admirably inspired by the magical and dramatic episodes. He reserved his most beautiful arias for Alcina :
    The accompanied recitative "Ah! Rugiero crudel" and the aria that follows it "Ombre pallide" (Act II, Scene 12) are the musical and dramatic climax of the work. Wracked with grief, deceived, Alcina flies into a rage, screaming for vengeance, but the "shadows" remain deaf to her call. Consumed by her passion, she gradually falls into despair (the sublime lament "Mi restano le lagrime" (Act III, Scene 5)).
  • Spoken languages
    • French
    • English
Schedules
Schedules
  • On July 19, 2024 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
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