FULL ALCINA Bilbao 2023 Alazne López, Haizea Lorenzo, Juan Orellano
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Alcina
- Composer: Handel George Frideric aka Händel Georg Friedrich
- Libretto: unknown
- Venue & Opera Company: Conservatorio Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga de Bilbao, Spain
- Recorded: June 9, 2023
- Type: Concert Semi-staged
- Singers: Alazne López, Haizea Lorenzo, Juan Orellano, Javier Ispizua, Tania Martínez, Iker Pereda, Josune Pastor, Gotzon Jauregi
- Conductor: Susana Zabaco
- Orchestra: Ensemble instrumental
- Chorus: Coro de canto y de enseñanzas profesionales
- Chorus Master: Txaber Fernández
- Stage Director:
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Conservatorio Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga de Bilbao
- Date Published: 2023
- Format: Streaming
- Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
- Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, gensubs
- Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
Alcina (HWV 34) is a 1735 opera seria by George Frideric Handel. Handel used the libretto of L’isola di Alcina, an opera that was set in 1728 in Rome by Riccardo Broschi, which he acquired the year after during his travels in Italy. Partly altered for better conformity, the story was originally taken from Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso (like those of the Handel operas Orlando and Ariodante), an epic poem. The opera contains several musical sequences with opportunity for dance: these were composed for dancer Marie Sallé.
Alcina was composed for Handel’s first season at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London. It premiered on 16 April 1735. Like the composer’s other works in the opera seria genre, Alcina fell into obscurity; after a revival in Brunswick in 1738 it was not performed again until a production in Leipzig in 1928.
The Australian soprano Joan Sutherland sang the role in a production by Franco Zeffirelli in which she made her debut at La Fenice in February 1960 and at the Dallas Opera in November of that year. She performed in the same production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1962. Since then Alcina has been performed on many of the world’s stages. A major production was the one directed by Robert Carsen and originally staged for the Opéra de Paris in 1999 and repeated at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Both stagings featured Renée Fleming in the title role.
The opera was given a concert performance on 10 October 2014 at the Barbican Centre in London. Joyce DiDonato sang the title role under Harry Bicket with The English Concert. Alice Coote, Christine Rice and Anna Christy sang other significant roles. The group toured to the European continent with performances in Pamplona, Madrid, Vienna, and Paris and then to Carnegie Hall in New York on 26 October Alcina received a fully staged production during the 2017 Santa Fe Opera season with Elza van den Heever in the title role. Among many other performances worldwide, the opera was staged by the Salzburg Festival in 2019, with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role.
Quoted from Wikipedia