News Release

26 July 2017

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