Alice Coote © TK

Dramma per musica in three acts (1735)

Music by Georg Friedrich Händel

Libretto by Antonio Salvi

Opera in concert in Italian

Friday, 12 May 2017, 7 pm

Content

Handel's time in London was marked by constant ups and downs, a succession of successes and failures. Ariodante was written at a time when he was struggling for attention: a rival opera company, the Opera of Nobility, was in a better financial position and had lured all the star performers away from him. As a result, Handel aimed for great musical variety by keeping the recitatives very short and composing a large number of arias that were rich in contrast. A moderate success in 1735, Ariodante is today regarded as one of Handel's most multifaceted operas. The plot stirs many emotions: in reality everything is fine, the Scottish princess Ginevra loves Ariodante, Ariodante loves the princess, the king is happy about this union and a date has been set for the wedding. But the envious Polinesso, rejected by Ginevra, aims to ruin everything. With a malicious trick he succeeds in making Ariodante think that Ginevra is unfaithful to him, and only a series of coincidences finally leads the despairing lovers to a happy ending.

Umbesetzung in Ariodante

Aufgrund einer dringend notwendig gewordenen Operation muss Joyce DiDonato ihre Europa-Tournee leider absagen. Mit Alice Coote wird eine herausragende Händel-Interpretin die Rolle des Ariodante in der konzertanten Aufführung am 12. Mai übernehmen. Sehen und hören Sie dazu eine aktuelle Videobotschaft von Joyce DiDonato: https://youtu.be/Vj-gvtPWILo

Die Mezzo-Sopranistin Alice Coote studierte in London und war Mitglied des National Opera Studios. Sie tritt regelmäßig an den führenden Opernhäusern der Welt auf, darunter das Londoner Royal Opera House Covent Garden, die Metropolitan Opera in New York, die Opéra National de Paris, die Wiener Staatsoper, sowie bei den Festspielen von Glyndebourne und Salzburg. Ihr Repertoire umfasst Partien wie Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Idamante (Idomeneo), Charlotte (Werther), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Poppea und Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Le Prince Charmant (Cendrillon), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) sowie die Titelrollen in Carmen und Händels Ariodante. 2014 wurde ihre CD mit Händel-Arien (u.a. auch aus Ariodante) mit The English Concert unter Harry Bicket veröffentlicht. Zuletzt war Alice Coote in Händels „Hercules“ am Theater an der Wien zu hören. 

Cast

Conductor

Harry Bicket

Biography
Ariodante

Alice Coote

Biography
Ginevra

Christiane Karg

Biography
Polinesso

Sonia Prina

Biography
Dalinda

Joelle Harvey

Biography
Lurcanio

David Portillo

Biography
Il re di Scozia

Matthew Brook

Biography
Odoardo

Bradley Smith

Biography
Orchestra

The English Concert

Biography

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