George Frideric Handel


The music is stirring and powerful...very real and touching   Irish Times

Set in a timeless world full of passion and plots, where reality blurs with fantasy, the enigmatic Alcina reigns. Intrigue surrounds this ruthless beauty who spends her time seducing lovers then, once bored, swiftly discardes them.  However, when the handsome Ruggiero is bewitched by Alcina’s charms, his fiancée Bradamante enlists the help of her friend Melisso and disguised as a man, sets out to rescue her beloved.

Deceit, sensuality and seduction pervade Handel’s glorious music with exquisite arias (sung in English) that lament love unrequited and faith betrayed. Considered by some Handel’s last great opera, Alcina delights the first time opera-goer and the passionate fan alike.

Tour Details

Oct 16 & 17, 2009 Navan Solstice Arts Centre
Oct 20, 2009 Derry Waterside Theatre
Oct 22, 2009 Carlow GB Shaw Theatre
Oct 24, 2009 Bray Mermaid Arts Centre
Oct 27, 2009 Armagh Marketplace Theatre
Oct 29, 2009 Tallaght Civic Theatre
Nov 1, 2009 Limerick LIT Millennium Theatre
Nov 3, 2009 Galway Town Hall Theatre
Nov 5, 2009 Dundalk An Tain
Nov 7, 2009 Cork The Everyman
Jul, 2010 Buxton Buxton Festival

"The gorgeous stream of arias flowed throughout from all six singers "
"The beauty of the music, the superb singing and playing, and the imaginative use of the set, all combined to keep me in my seat and become as entranced by it all as the countertenor, Ruggiero, is bewitched by the central character, Alcina. The singers, who were uniformly excellent, were affecting and splendidly supported by Christian Curnyn and his perfectly balanced orchestra. ... Quite magnificent "
"Annilese Miskimmon's thoughtful direction and impeccable casting ensures that we connect with the fluctuating relationships that are part of the human experience. Stephen Wallace’s Ruggiero was counter-tenor heaven .... spine tingling. The fluidity of the music, the well paced scenes, and the total realisation of each part combined to deliver a fantastic evening of entertainment. Tax-payers' and sponsors' money very well spent "

Production Information

Music Director Christian Curnyn
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Design Nicky Shaw
Lighting Tina MacHugh
Alcina Sinead Campbell-Wallace
Bradmante Doreen Curran
Ruggiero Stephen Wallace
Morgana Jane Harrington
Melisso Julian Hubbard
Oronte Ed Lyon

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