Performances & Events


Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:00PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

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An opera by George Frideric Handel

University Opera Theatre
and University Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Stephanie Rhodes Russell
Directed by Grant Preisser

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Student $12 with ID

A beautiful sorceress, Alcina lures men to her enchanted island for love, only to turn them into objects or animals when she tires of them. Her current obsession is the knight Ruggiero, a young man who under her spell has forgotten about his fiancée Bradamante. Bradamante, disguised as her own brother, arrives on the island determined to rescue Ruggiero. The plot thickens when Alcina’s sister, who is betrothed to someone else, falls in love with the “brother.” The story proceeds with typical Baroque complicated twists and turns in a dramatic rendering about the differences between real love and fantasy infatuation. Moral behavior will win out before Alcina adds more trophies to her domain.

The third of Handel’s operas to be based on the epic poem Orlando furioso (with Orlando and Ariodante), Alcina debuted at the Covent Garden Theatre in London in 1735 to great acclaim. Just a few of the exquisite arias are the famous “Tornami a vagheggiar,” “Verdi prati,” and “Ah, mio cor.” The opera is considered today to be one of the greatest of the composer’s. A moving story of love’s fickleness and faithfulness, Alcina features some of Handel’s most alluring music.

Performed in Italian with English Supertitles. 2 hrs, 40 min plus intermission.

Cast Lists:

Alcina - Kelly Ann Bixby
Ruggiero - Sedona Libero
Bradamante - Antona Yost
Melisso - Jacob Surzyn
Morgana - Lucia Helgren
Oronte - Brent Doucette
Oberto - Danielle Barnett

Alcina - Rose Mannino
Ruggiero - Andrew Lipian
Bradamante - Madison Montambault
Melisso - Alan Williams
Morgana - Francesca Napolitano
Oronte - Nicholas Music
Oberto - Catherine Moss