A first rate cast - including Sandrine Piau, Maïté Beaumont, Giovanni Furlanetto, Angélique Noldus - shines in in La Monnaie’s landmark production of Handel’s ALCINA, staged in 2015 and directed by Pierre Audi.
A renowned figure in the world of Baroque music, French soprano Sandrine Piau sings the famous aria ‘Ah mio cor! Schernito sei’ as Handel’s sorceress Alcina. Sandrine Piau was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2006 and was named “Lyrical Artist of the Year” in the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony in 2009.
The sorceress Alcina lures heroes to her enchanted island and changes them into rocks, streams, trees, and animals. Her latest captive is the crusader Ruggiero. Bradamante (Ruggiero's fiancee), disguised as a man, and Melisso come in search of him. Alcina's sister Morgana soon becomes attracted to the disguised Bradamante. This causes her lover, Oronte, to be jealous. In the end, Ruggiero and Bradamante escape and destroy the magic powers of Alcina and Morgana.
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