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Written in 1732, the hero Orlando is torn between his desire to do noble deeds and his pursuit of love. Although rebuked by the sorcerer Zoroastro for giving in to his romantic urges, Orlando nonetheless decides that love can bring its own glory, and to that end he pursues Angelica. But she has fallen for Medoro and he with her - which is not good news for Angelica's rival, the shepherdess Dorinda. The untangling of these conflicting passions through threats, magic, deceit, revelations and no little heart-searching inspired Handel to some of his most original operatic work, and Orlando's psychological focus fused with fantasy lends a particular contemporary appeal.

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Archive listings for Orlando

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini (until 28 October). Director Harry Fehr. Design Yannis Thavoris. Lighting Anna Watson. Design Andrzej Goulding (video). Director Kally Lloyd-Jones (associate director). Performer Lawrence Zazzo (Orlando). Performer Rebecca Evans (Angelica). Performer Robin Blaze (Medoro except 21 Oct). Performer Fflur Wyn (Dorinda). Performer Daniel Grice (Zoroastro).
4 Nov 15New Theatre, Oxford :: V802
listing details L1170706934
21 Oct 15Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol :: V856
listing details L1925989541
3 Oct 15 to 7 Oct 15Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L1701056480
27 Sep 15 to 7 Oct 15Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L1293752846


Autumn 1940. Orlando, an RAF pilot and war hero, is admitted to a private London hospital. Torn between his love for his country and his overwhelming desire for American socialite Angelica, he swings from euphoric highs to psychotic lows, closely monitored by his psychiatrist, Zoroastro. Angelica, in turn, longs only for Medoro, Orlando's fellow patient, and dreams of their escape from war-ravaged London to the as yet untouched USA. Running time approx. 3hrs 30mins. Sung in English with English supertitles.Company Scottish Opera. Conductor Paul Goodwin. Director Harry Fehr. Director Kally Lloyd-Jones (associate director). Design Yannis Thavoris. Performer Sally Silver (Angelica). Performer Tim Mead (Orlando). Performer Andrew Radley (Medoro). Performer Claire Booth (Dorinda). Performer Andreas Wolf (Zoroastro).
3 Mar 11 to 5 Mar 11Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L444020451
15 Feb 11 to 26 Feb 11Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
listing details L921232869


Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approx. running time 3 hours 40 minutes.Producer Royal Opera. Conductor Charles Mackerras. Director Francisco Negrin. Design Anthony Baker. Lighting Wolfgang Gobbel. Choreographer Ana Yepes (and associate director). Performer Bejun Mehta (Orlando). Performer Rosemary Joshua (Angelica). Performer Anna Bonitatibus (Medoro). Performer Camilla Tilling (Dorinda). Performer Kyle Ketelsen (Zoroastro).
26 Feb 07 to 13 Mar 07Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01025933152


Company Independent Opera. Director Alessandro Talevi. Conductor Gary Cooper.
7 Nov 06 to 11 Nov 06The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
listing details L087111086


New Production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approx. running time 3 hours 30 minutes. Sponsored (2003) by The Friends of Covent Garden.Producer Royal Opera. Corporate Sponsor The Friends of Covent Garden. Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director Francisco Negrin. Design Anthony Baker. Choreographer Ana Yepes. Conductor Harry Bicket. Performer Alice Coote (Orlando). Performer Barbara Bonney (Angelica). Performer Camilla Tilling (Dorinda). Performer Jonathan Lemalu (Zoroastro). Performer Bejun Mehta (Medoro).
6 Oct 03 to 23 Oct 03Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L0301465456

Other listings

25 Sep 07 to 29 Sep 07The Helix, Dublin :: V842266537
listing details L1905482956

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