Too Much is Never Enough
Alcina is quite possibly Handel's most magnificent opera, endowed with extraordinary musical riches and opportunities for highly theatrical staging. Two exceptional women lie at the story's heart: Alcina is a potent magician, which Bradamante counters with self-confidence and determination on her quest to rescue her fiancé Ruggiero from Alcina's sorcery. If she succeeds, they will escape and no doubt live happily ever after. If not, Ruggiero will be transformed into the newest trophy in Alcina's enormous gallery of former loves. Which will it be?
This enchanting remount of one of Handel’s most magnificent operas has been called "...a feast for both eye and ear" (BroadwayWorld.com), "...theatrically engaging and thought-provoking" (Bachtrack), "...delightful entertainment, first-rate musically and wonderfully provocative" (Sharps & Flatirons), "...consummately refined and exquisite" (The Classical Review), and "...the most interesting production of Alcina in decades" (OperaWire.com). Opera magazine remarked that "[presented in] a stage-within-a-stage atmosphere. The production shone with color, brimming imagination and intriguing shadow-effect lighting, with a menagerie of different animals bounding about."
Performed at The Crosby Theatre
George Frideric Handel
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No one can resist the sorceress spells of Alcina. Handel's music invites a variety of allegorical interpretations, sung with an expansive emotional range of powerful vocal prowess.
Elza van den Heever
Christian Van Horn
Scenic and Costume Design
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Magic in the Music
Before there was Golda, before there was Angela, before Mrs. Thatcher and Hillary, there was Alcina— the powerful sorceress who reigns over an exotic island realm of sybaritic delights with her sister, Morgana, in Handel’s spectacular Alcina.