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20 January
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Alcina
Haendel
Sunday
22 January
15 H

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Alcina
Haendel
Tuesday
24 January
19 H

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Alcina
Haendel
Wednesday
25 January
20 H

Choral concert
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Stabat Mater
Rossini
Thursday
26 January
19 H

Opera
Alcina
Haendel
February 2023
Sunday
19 February
15 H

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Tuesday
21 February
20 H (Gala)

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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Thursday
23 February
20 H

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Saturday
25 February
20 H

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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
March 2023
Friday
10 March
20 H

Recital
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Daniel Barenboim
Friday
17 March
20 H (Gala)

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La traviata
Verdi
Sunday
19 March
15 H

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Verdi
Monday
20 March
20 H

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Tuesday
21 March
20 H

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Thursday
23 March
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La traviata
Verdi
April 2023
Sunday
16 April
15 H

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Monday
17 April
20 H

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Tuesday
18 April
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Thursday
20 April
20 H

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Saturday
22 April
20 H

Opera
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Haendel
Alcina
20, 22, 24 & 26 January 2023
Opera
Conductor Gianluca Capuano
Director Christof Loy

Haendel Alcina

Opera
Friday 20 January 2023 - 19 h (Gala)
Sunday 22 January 2023 - 15 h
Tuesday 24 January 2023 - 19 h
Thursday 26 January 2023 - 19 h
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Dramma per musica in three acts
Music by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Anonymous libretto, adapted from L'isola di Alcina by Riccardo Broschi (1728) 
based on Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (songs VI and VII)
Premiere: London, Covent Garden, 16 April 1735

Premiere at the Monte Carlo Opera in a staged version

Coproduction with the Zurich Opera House

A work of enchantment, music and dance, Handel’s Alcina only reappeared briefly in the 20th century in 1928 before experiencing a real renaissance in the 1960s. Beyond these first literal readings, how can the 21st century nourish our perception of this work?

Stage director Christof Loy, whose production of Ariodante was seen on the Monegasque stage in 2019, transforms Alcina’s magical kingdom into a metaphor for theatre. His idea, which allows him to explore a wide scope of options, is built around the singer taking on the title role, Cecilia Bartoli. Capable of expressing all the layers of identity that are superimposed, she offers here all the multiplicity of her incarnation: she is at the same time the character of Alcina but also a singer anchored in her status as a diva. This concept of theatre within the theatre is wonderfully enhanced by the sumptuous sets of Johannes Leiacker and the subtle costumes of Ursula Renzenbrink, enhanced by the lighting of Bernd Purkrabek. Surrounding the main character and led by the idiomatic baton of Gianluca Capuano, we find the finest performers of this repertoire, which requires absolute technical and musical mastery without forgetting a perfect theatrical sensitivity.

Production team

CONDUCTOR | GIANLUCA CAPUANO
DIRECTOR | CHRISTOF LOY
SET DESIGN | JOHANNES LEIACKER
COSTUME DESIGN | URSULA RENZENBRINK
LIGHTING DESIGN | BERND PURKRABEK
CHOREGRAPHY | THOMAS WILHELM
 

Cast

ALCINA | CECILIA BARTOLI
RUGGIERO | PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY
MORGANA | SANDRINE PIAU
BRADAMANTE | VARDUHI ABRAHAMYAN
ORONTE | MAXIM MIRONOV
MELISSO | PÉTER KÁLMÁN

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