Director Francesco Micheli promises style and sumptuous excess in his production. His cast features soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan in the title role, as a sorceress who can conjure up anything but love...
Mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany sings the hero Ruggiero, with other roles sung by Rowan Pierce, Alastair Miles and an all-star cast.
Alcina rules, Prospero-like, over an enchanted island, whose features preserve the image of her discarded lovers. But she has really fallen for Ruggiero, and this time it is Alcina who must change in this almost Shakespearean opera.
The exciting Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is conducted by conducted by Gianluca Capuano. Listen out for some thrilling instrumental work, and for the arias Tornami a vagheggiar, ('Come back to me') sung by Morgana or Alcina – this varies from production to production – and Ruggiero's 'Verdi prati' ('Green meadows').
Alcina was first staged at Covent Garden in 1735, after the German-born composer had made London his home. After a few performances it was neglected for almost 200 years, but today is one of Handel's most enjoyed works. It should suit Glyndebourne down to the ground.
Alcina is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Public booking opens at 6PM on Sunday 8 March. Trains from Victoria are met by a free transfer bus, which also returns audiences to the station for the train home.
|What||Alcina, Glyndebourne Festival Opera|
|Where||Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Victoria (underground)|
13 Jun 20 – 06 Aug 20, 14 performances, times vary. Running time 5hr, including 1hr 30min dinner interval
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|