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    George Frideric Handel

    If there could only be one surviving opera by Handel, it would surely be Ariodante, which is quite literally a masterpiece.

    Franco Fagioli
    Franco Fagioli © Julian laidig
    George Petrou
    George Petrou © Ilias Sakalak

    Franco Fagioli | Ariodante
    Melissa Petit | Ginevra 
    Sarah Gilford | Dalinda
    Luciana Mancini | Polinesso
    Nicholas Phan | Lurcanio
    Alex Rosen | King of Scotland

    George Petrou | direction
    Il Pomo d’Oro

    Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

    Ariodante, Handel’s twenty-ninth Italian opera, was the first operatic work to be specifically written by the composer for the new Covent Garden Opera House. Along with Alcina, which also dates from 1735, it is one of the musician’s last popular Italian works in London. Handel’s highly inventive approach to composition can be heard in every number, mainly in the writing for voices which blossoms with new means of expression, but also in the broadening of his musical vocabulary which has no compunction about drawing on the French style. Handel is at the peak of his art here with a perfect demonstration of lyric opera writing enriched by the subtlest of colour palettes.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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