Georg Friedrich Handel

Handel in all his musical and vocal splendour and a legendary madness scene

Christophe Dumaux
Christophe Dumaux - DR
Francesco Corti
Francesco Corti - DR


Franco Fagioli has canceled his participation in the tour of Orlando, it is the French countertenor Christophe Dumaux who has been chosen for singing this title role for which he was acclaimed last April at the Theater an der Wien. Thank you for your understanding

Christophe Dumaux Orlando
Kathryn Lewek Angelica
Delphine Galou Medoro
Nuria Rial Dorinda
John Chest Zoroastro

Francesco Corti direction
Il Pomo d’Oro

Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

Approximate running time
1st part: 1h20 - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 1h20

In the corpus of so-called “magical” operas by Handel, Orlando is the only one to replace a sorceress with a male figure, the magician Zoroastro, arguably the finest role for a bass in Handel’s entire operatic repertoire. This is not the only striking feature in a score which is exceptional in every respect – construction, melodic richness, orchestra, powerful recitative passages, outstandingly expressive arias and bravura moments. The libretto based on Orlando furioso by Ariosto inspired Handel to pen one of his most beautiful scores, notable for the trio at the end of Act I and the epic madness scene featuring Orlando at the close of the Act Two, in which Christophe Dumaux is sure to excel.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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