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Alcina

OPERA BY GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL

In italienischer Sprache mit deutschen und englischen Übertiteln. Altersempfehlung: Ab 14 Jahren

In the baroque period the stage was viewed as the reflection of life: no other age sought to sensualize and visualize the world in the arts to quite such an extent – and this remains true in ‘Alcina’. Love with all its exuberant power but also the inherent danger of dependency which it brings are the ever-topical themes of Handel’s 34th opera ‘Alcina’.

The sorceress Alcina rules an island where love is under her command. Young men who happen to end up there are transformed into animals or even rocks if they fail to please her, while those who do are permitted to remain the sorceress’s playthings for a time before they too suffer the fate of transmogrification.  However, Alcina’s power is threatened when she falls in love with Ruggiero. He is struck with the magic power of love until his fiancée Bradamante appears, disguised as a man, to free him from Alcina’s seductive clutches. Now it is the sorceress herself who becomes a slave to love. She must watch as the true feelings between Bradamante and Ruggiero triumph over all her illusions of love. Alcina’s magic has been broken and she sinks into oblivion.  

Handel’s composition impresses with its wealth of variety and its astonishingly precise and highly individual depiction of character. Handel’s music makes the love, the pain and the desire of the characters tangible and credible to an extent rarely encountered in his earlier works. 

The baroque specialist Andrea Marcon will highlight the musical qualities of this most famous of Handel’s opera together with the La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Direction is provided by the American Lydia Steier, who has won numerous awards for her sensual and opulent productions.  

Preisstufe VII



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