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Alcina Opens July 29


Handel’s Baroque Masterpiece is the Final Production in Santa Fe Opera’s 61st Season

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July 29 at 8:30 PM; August 2, 11, 17, and 23 at 8:00 PM

Sung in Italian with Opera Titles in English and Spanish.

Based on a co-production of Opera National de Bordeaux and Teatro Real de Madrid;  reconceived for Santa Fe Opera.

A company premiere.

First performed at London’s Theatre Royal, Covent Garden on April 16,1735.

Production underwriting support generously provided by Avenir Foundation, Inc.

The sorceress queen Alcina has created a paradise to lure her many lovers into her power. Although Ruggiero forsakes his duty and his betrothed while under the enchantress’ spell, Alcina’s humanity is ultimately exposed. In what is considered to be one of   Handel’s finest scores, true love triumphs, restoring all that had been transformed.

“David Alden’s production, first seen in Bordeaux in 2012, turned Alcina’s island into a theatre,” said Opera in its review of the remount in November 2015 at Madrid’s Teatro Real. “We were drawn into a stage-within-a-stage atmosphere where the enchantress was a voluptuous singer and the other principals were the audience or theatre employees. The production shone with colour, brimming imagination and intriguing shadow-effect lighting, with a menagerie of different animals bounding and breakdancing about the stage.”

Conductor: Harry Bicket

Director: David Alden

Scenic & Costume Design: Gideon Davey

Lighting Design: Malcolm Rippeth

Choreography: Beate Vollack*

Alcina: Elza van den Heever, soprano

Morgana: Anna Christy, soprano

Ruggiero: Paula Murrihy+, mezzo-soprano

Bradamante: Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano

Melisso: Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone

Oronte: Alek Shrader, tenor

Oberto: Jacquelyn Stucker*+, soprano

*debut, +former Santa Fe Opera Apprentice