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May 20–June 1, 2020

Cancelled | Ariodante (HWV 33)

In a new light 

Compelling music and a gripping plot are the main qualities of Handel’s Ariodante. It was the first work composed by Handel for the Covent Garden Theatre after his contract with the King’s Theatre on Haymarket had expired in the middle of 1734. The opera remains one of the composer’s most frequently performed stage works even today. Arias such as ‘Dopo notte’ and ‘Scherza infida’ belong to the standard repertoire of acclaimed singers and are featured in countless recordings. Perhaps this is also due to a unique aspect of the opera, as acknowledged by renowned musicologist Winton Dean: ‘Of all Handel’s operas, Ariodante is perhaps the most accessible to an untutored modern audience.’ With its excellent cast and Susanne Reinhardt’s atmospheric lighting design, Ariodante offers a highlight not just for opera lovers, but also for all those who aspire to become one.

Pre-performance talk german and english

4 pm
Lokhalle Göttingen
Free entrance with a valid ticket 

Emily Fons Mezzo-soprano – Ariodante
Carolyn Sampson Soprano – Ginevra
Filippo Mineccia Countertenor – Polinesso
Rachel Redmond Soprano – Dalinda
Thomas Cooley Tenor – Lurcanio
Njål Sparbo Bass-baritone – Il Re di Scozia
Merlin Wagner Baritone – Odoardo

Vokalensemble 100 Göttingen
Johanna Soller Choral director

FestspielOrchester Göttingen
Laurence Cummings Harpsichord and conductor

Susanne Reinhardt Lighting designer

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