Music George Frideric Handel
First performance London, 1735
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 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’.
Our first ever production of one of Handel’s most popular operas is directed by Tim Albery, responsible for a sumptuous revival of Giulio Cesare for Opera North in 2019. 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.
Alcina Máire Flavin
Ruggiero Patrick Terry
Bradamante Joanna Motulewicz
Morgana Fflur Wyn
Oronte to be announced
Melissa Claire Pascoe
Conductor Laurence Cummings
Director Tim Albery
Set and Costume Designer Hannah Clark
Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase
Video Designer Ian Galloway
Supported by the Friends of Opera North