Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) 


Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) 
Alcina HWV 34 (1735)

Opéra en trois actes
sur un livret anonyme d’après Orlando Furioso de l’Arioste
créé le 16 avril 1735 au Covent Garden, à Londres

Alcina Karina Gauvin 
Morgana Elsa Benoît
Ruggiero Maite Beaumont 
Bradamante Teresa Iervolino 
Oronte Nick Pritchard 
Melisso John Chest

Les Talens Lyriques 
Direction Christophe Rousset

Performing Alcina again is like coming home: the joy of returning to a familiar repertoire, with singers I know and cherish! Alcina is probably Händel’s most perfectly balanced opera. It deals with the subjects of love and abandonment with great poignancy, and makes the main character, the sorceress Alcina, very human. We are dealing here with purely human conflicts, which is what gives the opera such emotional power.

– Christophe Rousset