Georg Friedrich Handel: Orlando
Orlando: By Georg Friedrich Handel
AMSTERDAM • Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Grote Zaal • Ongoing
|Georg Friedrich Handel: Orlando|
Sung in Italian with Dutch surtitles
The famous warrior Orlando is head over heels in love with the pagan princess Angelica, who is in turn in love with an African prince. The story of their love triangle is the departure point for George Frideric Handel's opera Orlando, which was first performed in London in 1733. The hopeless situation drives Orlando to madness; only the magician Zoroastro can restore his sanity. This new production by the departing director of the Holland Festival and director of the National Opera Pierre Audi premiered in April 2012 at La Monnaie in Brussels and will have its Dutch premiere at the Holland Festival. The musical direction is in the accomplished hands of Handel and baroque expert Renť Jacobs, conducting the young baroque orchestra BíRock.
Just as with his operas Alcina and Ariodante, Handel found his subject matter for Orlando in Ludovico Ariosto's 16th century epic Orlando furioso, about the famous warrior in Charlemagne's army of paladins. Although Handel wrote this 'opera in seria in tre atti' for a small cast of five soloists at the height of his career, the work only had limited success in the 18th century. However, since its rediscovery in the 20th century it has grown to become one of Handel's most popular operas, in a large part due to the hallucinatory madness scene.
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