Georg Friedrich Haendel
If there were only room for one Handel opera, it would have to be Ariodante: the work is quite literally a major masterpiece
It is with deep regret that Joyce DiDonato has announced that she will not be able to participate in the European performances of Ariodante due to a medical procedure. We are all grateful to the wonderful Alice Coote for stepping in for those European concerts.
We thank you for your understanding.
Sung in Italian with French subtitles
Ariodante is Handel's 29th Italian opera and the first lyric work he wrote specifically for the brand new Covent Garden theatre. Along with Alcina, also written in 1735, it was one of the last Italian works to earn Handel fame in London. Handel's creativity can be heard in each number here: mainly in the vocal writing, which unfolds through new expressive devices and by broadening the musical vocabulary, which is not averse to borrowing from French material. Handel is at the peak of his art here, in a perfect demonstration of colourful lyric writing in all of the subtlest shades.