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Set in a timeless world full of passion, plots and potent illusion - where reality blurs with fantasy - the enigmatic Alcina reigns. Intrigue surrounds this alluring but ruthless sorceress, who spends her time seducing lovers, then, once bored, swiftly discarding them. However, when the handsome Ruggiero is bewitched by Alcinaâs charms, his fiancÃ©e Bradamante enlists the help of her friend Melisso and - disguised as a man - sets out to rescue her beloved. Deceit, sensuality and seduction pervade Handelâs glorious music, with exquisite arias lamenting love unrequited and faith betrayed. New production.Performers Joan Rodgers (Alcina), Janis Kelly (Alcina), Janis Kelly (Alcina from Jan 17), Sarah Connolly (Ruggiero), Lisa Milne (Morgana), Christine Rice (Bradamante), Toby Spence (Oronte), Mark Richardson (Melisso), Gail Pearson (Oberto).
Music Handel. Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. Conductor Noel Davies (from Jan 17). Translation Amanda Holden. Director Charles MacKerras. Director David McVicar. Design Michael Vale. Lighting Paule Constable. Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Costume Sue Blane.
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