Ariodante

Cast 08.11.2019

Conductor Christophe Rousset
Director David McVicar
Set and costume design Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Design Paule Constable
Choreography Colm Seery
Orchestra Les Talens Lyriques
Chorus Gustav Mahler-Choir
Ariodante Stephanie Houtzeel
Ginevra Chen Reiss
Dalinda Hila Fahima
Polinesso Max Emanuel Cencic
Lurcanio Josh Lovell
Il Re di Scozia Peter Kellner
Odoardo Carlos Osuna

Details

It is a work charged with jealousy and intrigue, with struggles and betrayal: Ariodante, Handel’s first work for the then brand new Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. At that time, the composer was faced with fierce competition, was financially stricken and on the rocks. However, he plucked up his courage while taking the waters and wrote the opera, basing it on Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furioso. And he composed varied, colourful music, including the intimate aria “Scherza infida”, which is considered one of the special highlights of Handel’s oeuvre to this day. Ariodante has never been heard at the Wiener Staatsoper – but is now the second opera by the composer in the house’s repertoire, alongside Alcina.