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Places

Colmar

Théâtre municipal de Colmar

Mulhouse

La Sinne

Strasbourg

Opéra
Dates
Nov 06Dec 01, 2024
Prices
6 - 98 €
Duration
3h30
Age limit
From 12 years
Informations

Entractes included


Prologue
One hour before each performance, a playwright will give you a short 30-minute introduction.


With the support of Fidelio.

Cast

Direction musicale Christopher Moulds Mise en scène Jetske Mijnssen Décors Étienne Pluss Costumes Uta Meenen Lumières Fabrice Kebour Chef de Chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin Hendrik Haas

Artists

Le Roi d’Écosse Alex Rosen Ginevra Emöke Baráth Ariodante Adèle Charvet Lurcanio Laurence Kilsby Dalinda Lauranne Oliva Polinesso Christophe Dumaux Odoardo Pierre Romainville Chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse

Presentation

Princess Ginevra and her betrothed Prince Ariodante have it all: they are young, beautiful, in love and in line to inherit a prosperous kingdom. Even nature herself appears to celebrate their union. But this idyllic scene only stokes the jealous flames of rival suitors at the royal court. The ruthless Duke Polinesso plots to marry the princess so he can ascend the throne. He tricks Ginevra’s lady-in-waiting Dalinda, who is infatuated with him, into meeting him that night dressed as Ginevra, making it appear to Ariodante that his beloved princess is unfaithful.

Handel premiered Ariodante in London in 1735 with the castrato Carestini and other contemporary stars of European opera seria. Although the story was inspired by an episode from Orlando Furioso , Ariosto’s epic tale of chivalry, the characters are not mythical or fantastical but deeply human, even if their passions border on the monstrous. The director Jetske Mijnssen takes this powerful psychological dimension as her starting point, transforming the court of the King of Scotland in Antonio Salvi's libretto into a single royal family consumed by secrecy and jealousy. Christopher Moulds, a leading specialist in Baroque music, conducts this gripping, claustrophobic drama in which gilded youth is slowly stripped of its luster by virtuoso vocals and sublime laments.

In Italian
Overtitled in French, German