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.Performers Lawrence Zazzo (Orlando), Rebecca Evans (Angelica), Robin Blaze (Medoro except 21 Oct), Fflur Wyn (Dorinda), Daniel Grice (Zoroastro).
Music Handel. 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).