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George Frideric Handel
Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Ref.

HWV 34

German Title

Alcina

English Title

 

Event

Italian Baroque Opera

Composed

Composed by George Frideric Handel in London; Completed score: April 8, 1735
1st performance: April 16, 1735: London, Covent Garden Theatre (18 performances to 2 July, end of the season)
Revival:
- November 6, 1736: London, Covent Garden Theatre (3 performances to 1737
- June 10 & 21, 1737: London, Covent Garden Theatre
Performed by J.S. Bach & Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, c1735, arias from Alcina:
- Aria (Ruggiero): Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (Mvt. 40, Act II)
- Aria (Alcina): Di, cor mio, quanto t'amai (Mvt. 9, Act I)

Text

After Riccardo Broschi's L'Isola d'Alcina, 1728, from Ludovico Ariosto's, Orlando furioso

Text: Italian
Translations: English-3

Scoring

Soloists: 3 Sopranos, 2 Altos, Tenor, Bass
Orchestra: ?

Persons:
Alcina, a sorceress - Soprano
Morgana, her sister - Soprano
Oberto, a boy searching for his father - Soprano
Ruggiero, a knight - Mezzo-soprano
Bradamante, in love with him - Mezzo-soprano or Contralto
Orontë, lover of Morgana - Tenor
Melisso, former tutor of Ruggiero - Bass or Baritone
Astolfo, Oberto's dad - a non-singing part

Score

References

BGA: - | NBA: - | BC: | HG edition: 86 | HHA edition: II/33Z | First Published:

Commentaries

English: AMG | Wikipedia [English] | Wikipedia [German] | Opéra Baroque [French]
Alcina (Opera Discography)

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

 

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

Discussions

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

G.F. Handel: Alcina [P-1]

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 (abridged)

Ferdinand Leitner

WDR Rundfunkchor Köln (Cologne Radio Choir) / Cappella Coloniensis

Soprano [Alcina]: Joan Sutherland; Tenor [Ruggiero]: Fritz Wunderlich; Soprano [Morgana]: Jeannette Van Dijck; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Norma Procter; Tenor [Oronte]: Nicola Monti; Baritone [Melisso]: Thomas Hemsley; Speaker: Paul Hoffmann

Golden Melodram 37002
Verona 27011
Deutsche Grammophone
The Opera Lovers ALCI-195901

May 15, 1959

2-CD / TT: 152:01
3-CD / TT: 156:46
2-CD / TT:
2-CD / TT:

Recorded live by Westdeutschen Rundfun [WDR] in Cologne, Germany. Ruggiero role is transposed from mezzo to tenor.
1st recording of Alcina by J. Sutherland.
Listen on YouTube: Alcina:
Fritz Wunderlich as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [6:02]
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2

Händel: Alcina

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [129:49]

Nicola Rescigno

Fenice Theater Chorus / Fenice Theater Orchestra

Soprano [Alcina]: Joan Sutherland; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Monica Sinclair; Soprano [Morgana]: Cecilia Fusco; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Oralia Dominguez; Tenor [Oronte]: Nicola Monti; Bass [Melisso]: Plinio Clabassi

Bella Voce 107220
The Opera Lovers ALCI-196001

Feb 19, 1960

2-CD / TT: 136:28

Recorded at Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy. 2nd recording of Alcina by J. Sutherland.
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3

Handel: Alcina/Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Highlights

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [162:20]

Richard Bonynge

London Symphony Orchestra

Soprano [Alcina]: Joan Sutherland; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Teresa Berganza; Soprano [Morgana]: Graziella Sciutti; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Monica Sinclair; Tenor [Oronte]: Luigi Alva; Bass [Melisso]: Ezio Flagello; Soprano [Oberto]: Mirella Freni
George Malcolm (Harpsichord)

London 433723
Decca 467063
London OSA-1361

Mar-Apr 1962

3-CD / TT: 211:06
3-CD / TT:
3-LP / TT:

Recorded at Walthamstow.
1st recording of Alcina by R. Bonynge.
3rd recording of Alcina by J. Sutherland.
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4

Handel: Alcina

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Brian Priestman

Handel Society of New York Orchestra & Chorus

Soprano [Alcina]: Cristina Deutekom; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Beverly Wolff; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Lucia Valentini-Terrani; Tenor [Oronte]: John Stewart; Bass [Melisso]: Paul Plishka

Gala GL-100.584

Mar 26, 1974

2-CD / TT

Recording of part of a performance given in the Carnegie Hall, New York (+La clemenza di Tito +Medea + Turandot - excerpts).

5

Handel: Alcina [P-2]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Raymond Leppard

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Soprano [Alcina]: Christiane Eda-Pierre; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Teresa Berganza; Soprano [Morgana]: Valerie Masterson; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Ann Murray; Tenor [Oronte]: Philip Langridge; Bass [Melisso]: François Loup; Soprano [Oberto]: Christiane Château

The Opera Lovers ALCI-197801

Jul 1978

2-CD / TT:

Recorded live at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, France.
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6

Handel: Alcina

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Richard Bonynge

Choir & Orchestra of the Sydney Opera (Australian Opera)

Soprano [Alcina]: Joan Sutherland; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Margreta Elkins; Soprano [Morgana]: Narelle Davidson; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Lauris Elms; Tenor [Oronte]: Richard Greager; Bass [Melisso]: John Wegner; Soprano [Oberto]: Anne-Maree McDonald

Celestial Audio 112 Premiere Opera 6099
House of Opera DVD-8863

Feb 12, 1983

3-CD / TT:
DVD / TT:
DVD / TT:

Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, Australia.
2nd recording of Alcina by R. Bonynge.
4th recording of Alcina by J. Sutherland.
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7

Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [207:19]
G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Appendix 1. Recitative. Vo cercando la bella cagion [0:23]
G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Appendix 1. Aria. Bramo di trionfar [6:53]
G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Appendix 2. Chorus. Questo è il cielo de' contenti [2:18]

Richard Hickox

Opera Stage Chorus / London Baroque Sinfonia (Orchestra Leader: Simon Standage)

Soprano [Alcina]: Arleen Augér; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Della Jones; Soprano [Morgana]: Eiddwen Harrhy; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Kathleen Kuhlmann; Tenor [Orontë]: Maldwyn Davies; Bass [Melisso]: John Tomlinson; Soprano [Oberto]: Patrizia Kwella
Ian Watson (Harpsichord); Dorothy Linell (Lute); John Heley (Cello)

EMI Classics 58681
House of Opera CD-6658
House of Opera MP3-6658

Jul 19-23, 1985

3-CD / TT: 216:53
3-CD / TT:
MP3 / TT:

Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, England.
1st recording of Alcina by R. Hickox.
1st recording of Alcina by A. Augér.
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8

Handel: Alcina

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Richard Divall

Choir & Orchestra of the Sydney Opera

Soprano [Alcina]: Joan Sutherland; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Sally-Anne Russell ?; [Morgana]: W. Dixon; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Elizabeth Campbell; Tenor [Oronte]: Glenn Winslade; Bass [Melisso]: Stephen Bennett; Soprano [Oberto]: Anne-Maree McDonald ?

House of Opera DVD-1810
House of Opera MP4-1810

1987

DVD / TT:
MP4 / TT:

Recorded live at Sydney Opera House, Australia.
5th recording of Alcina by J. Sutherland.
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9

Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [176:16]

William Christie

Chœurs du Grand Teâtre Geneve / L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Soprano [Alcina]: Arleen Augér; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Della Jones; Soprano [Morgana]: Donna Brown; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Kathleen Kuhlmann; Tenor [Oronte]: Jorge Lopez-Yañez; Bass [Melisso]: Gregory Reinhart; Soprano [Oberto]: Martina Musacchio

House of Opera DVD-206
Lyric Distribution 8034
House of Opera MP3-6652
House of Opera MP4-206

May 24, 1990

DVD / TT: 176:16
VHS / TT:
MP3 / TT:
MP4 / TT:

Recorded live at the Grand Théâtre Genève, Switzerland.
1st recording of Alcina by W. Christie.
2nd recording of Alcina by A. Augér.
Listen on YouTube: Alcina:
Arleen Augér as Alcina: Di', cor mio, quanto t'amai [7:51]
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10

G.F. Handel: Alcina

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

John Fisher

Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Soprano [Alcina]: Yvonne Kenny; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Ann Murray; Soprano [Morgana]: Judith Howarth; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Kathleen Kuhlmann; Tenor [Oronte]: Anthony Rolfe-Johnson; Bass [Melisso]: Stafford Dean

House of Opera CD-6653
House of Opera MP3-6653

1993

3-CD / TT: 163:18
3-MP3 / TT: 163:18

Recorded in London, England.
Three MP3 files at 320Kbps: the first two of which should be rejoined with HJSplit: File 1/Act 1/1 - 103MB & 50:48; File 2/Act 2/2 - 131.7MB & 65:17; File 3/Act 3/3 - 93.6MB & 47:13.
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11

Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Rinaldo Alessandrini

Orchestra of Gran Teatro del Liceo

Soprano [Alcina]: Luba Orgonasova; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Vesselina Kasarova; Soprano [Morgana]: Maria José Moreno; Contralto [Bradamante]: Ewa Podleś; Tenor [Oronte]: Francísco Vas; Bass [Melisso]: Felipe Bou

Premiere Opera 1277

Mar 1999

2-CD / TT:

Recorded live at at the Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.

12

Handel: Alcina [3-CD] [P-2]
Handel Edition: Alcina - Orlando [6-CD]
[P-2]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [190:20]

William Christie

Les Arts Florissants (Choir & Orchestra)

Soprano [Alcina]: Renée Fleming; Mezzo-Soprano [Ruggiero]: Susan Graham; Soprano [Morgana]: Natalie Dessay; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Kathleen Kuhlmann; Tenor [Oronte]: Timothy Robinson; Bass [Melisso]: Laurent Naouri; Soprano [Oberto]: Juanita Lascarro; Tenor: Maurizio Rossano; Bass: Laurent Collobert; Bass: Eric Demarteau; Tenor: Michael Loughlin-Smith

Erato 80233
Warner Classics 69653
Premiere Opera 6396
House of Opera DVDWW-854

Jun 10-13, 1999

3-CD / TT: 190:20
6-CD / TT:
DVD / TT:
DVD / TT:

Recorded live at Paris Opera (Palais Garnier), France.
2nd recording of Alcina by W. Christie.
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Complete Opera [183:18]: Part 1 [61:16] +Part 2 [60:55] + Part 3 [61:07]
Susan Graham as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [6:54]
Listen on YouTube: Alcina:
Susan Graham as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [7:23]
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13

G.F. Händel: Alcina

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Alan Hacker

Staatsorchester Stuttgart (or Württembergische Staatsoper)

Soprano [Alcina]: Catherine Naglestad; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Alice Coote; Soprano [Morgana]: Catriona Smith; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Helene Schneiderman; Tenor [Oronte]: Rolf Romei; Bass [Melisso]: Michael Ebbecke; Soprano [Oberto]: Claudia Mahnke; Actor [Astolfo]: Heinz Gerger

ArtHaus 100338

1999

DVD / TT: 159:00

Recorded live at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Germany.
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14

G.F. Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Paul Goodwin

Choeur des Les Musiciens du Louvre / Academy of Ancient Music

Soprano [Alcina]: Joan Rodgers; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Monica Groop; Soprano [Morgana]: Lisa Larsson; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Patricia Bardon; Tenor [Oronte]: Rufus Müller; Bass [Melisso]: Lorenzo Regazzo; Soprano [Oberto]: Gail Pearson

House of Opera CD-6654
House of Opera MP3-6654

Aug 26, 2000

2-CD / TT: 149:08
2-MP3 / TT: 149:08

Recorded live at Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland.
Two MP3 files at 320Kbps to be rejoined with HJSplit: File 1/1 - 149.9MB & 74:22; File 2/2 - 151.6MB & 74:46.
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15

Händel: Alcina [P-3]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Nicholas McGegan

Opernkammerchor der Hochschule für Musik and Theater (Hannover) / Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco)

Soprano [Alcina]: Yvonne Kenny; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Wilke te Brummelstroete; Soprano [Morgana]: Cyndia Sieden; Contralto [Bradamante]: Ewa Wolak; Tenor [Oronte]: Iain Paton; Bass [Melisso]: Andrew Foster-Williams; Soprano [Oberto]: Susanne Rydén

Göttingen Handel Society

May 16, 2002

CD, VHS / TT:

Recoded at Deutschen Theater Göttingen, Germany, in the frame of Göttinger Händel-Festpiele. Directed by Catherine Turocy.
Further performances: 18, 20, 21 May 2002.

16

G.F. Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Roy Goodman

Chorus & Orchestra of San Francisco Opera

Soprano [Alcina]: Catherine Naglestad; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Alice Coote; Soprano [Morgana]: Catriona Smith; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Hélène Schneiderman; Tenor [Oronte]: Toby Spence; Bass [Melisso]: David Pittsinger; Soprano [Oberto]: Sarah Castle; Speaker [Astolfo]: Michael Rogers

House of Opera CD-6655
House of Opera MP3-6655

Nov 19-Dec 7, 2002

2-CD / TT:
MP3 / TT:

Recorded at War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, USA. Production owned by Stuttgart Opera.
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17

Handel: Alcina (Bilbao, Palacio Euskalduna, 2003) [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [168:42]

Christophe Rousset

Coro de Opera de Bilbao / Les Talens Lyriques

Soprano [Alcina]: Anna Chierichetti; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Jennifer Larmore; Soprano [Morgana]: Maria José Moreno; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Sara Fulgoni; Tenor [Oronte]: Luis Dámaso; Soprano [Oberto]: Tatiana Davidova; Bass [Melisso]: Alfonso Echeverría

YouTube

Feb 15, 2003

Audio / TT: 168:42

Recorded live at Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, Spain.
1st recording of Alcina by C. Rousset.
Listen on YouTube: Alcina:
Complete Opera [168:42]
Anna Chierichetti as Alcina: Ombre pallide [6:01]
Anna Chierichetti as Alcina: Ah, Mio Cor! [14:02]

18

Handel: Alcina

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Daniel Beckwith

Orchestra of the New York City Opera

Soprano [Alcina]: Christine Goerke; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Katherine Goeldner; Soprano [Morgana]: Lauren Skuce; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Jennifer Dudley; Tenor [Oronte]: Keith Jameson; Bass [Melisso]: Joshua Winograde

Premiere Opera 1246

Sep 24, 2003

2-CD / TT:

Recorded live at the New York City Opera, New York, USA.

19

Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

John Nelson

Chor und Orchester der Opéra National de Paris

Soprano [Alcina]: Luba Orgonasova; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Vesselina Kasarova; Soprano [Morgana]: Patrizia Ciofi; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Vivica Genaux; Tenor [Oronte]: Toby Spence; Bass [Melisso]: Luca Pisaroni

House of Opera CD-85059
House of Opera MP3-85059

May 22, 2004

2-CD / TT:
MP3 / TT:

Recorded live at Opéra National de Paris Palais Garnier, Paris, France.
Listen on YouTube: Alcina:
Vesselina Kasarova as Ruggiero: Mio bel tesoro [5:30]
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20

Haendel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Paul McCreesh

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Soprano [Alcina]: Karina Gauvin; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Ann Hallenberg; Soprano [Morgana]: Carolyn Sampson; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Marijana Mijanovic; Tenor [Oronte]: Mark Le Brocq; Bass [Melisso]: Roderick Williams; Soprano [Oberto]: unknown

YouTube

Jul 1, 2005

Audio / TT:

Recorded live Basilique Notre-Dame, Beaune, France (concert version), in the frame of 23e Festival d'Opéra Baroque.
Watch on YouTube: Alcina
Karina Gauvin as Alcina: Ah ! Mio cor, schernito sei [11:46]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [6:53]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Verdi prati [3:36]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Col celarvi a qui v'ama [2:35]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Mio bel tesoro [5:45]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Di te mi rido [3:41]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Sta nell'ircana pietrosa tana [5:36]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: La bocca vaga [4:01]
Ann Hallenberg as Ruggiero: Qual portanto mi richiama [2:36]
Marijana Mijanovic as Bradamante: Vorrei vendicarmi [3:53]

21

G.F. Händel: Alcina [P-1]

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Ivor Bolton (Conductor, Harpsichord)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Soprano [Alcina]: Anja Harteros; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Vesselina Kasarova; Soprano [Morgana]: Veronica Cangemi; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Sonia Prina; Tenor [Oronte]: John Mark Ainsley; Bass [Melisso]: Christopher Purves; Soprano [Oberto]: Deborah York
Axel Wolf (Theorbo); Markus Mollenbeck (Violoncello); Robert Howarth (Harpsichord)

Farao Classics 108080

Jul 2005

3-SACD / TT: 193:33

Recorded at Prinzregentheater, Munich, Germany.
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22

Handel: Alcina (Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, 2005) [P-2]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Excepts (from a complete performance)

Christophe Rousset

Choeur du De Nederlandse Opera / Les Talens Lyriques

Soprano [Alcina]: Christine Schäfer; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Silvia Tro Santafé; Soprano [Morgana]: Ingela Bohlin; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Marijana Mijanovic; Tenor [Oronte]: Jeremy Ovenden; Bass [Melisso]: Olivier Lallouette

YouTube

Nov 13, 2005

Audio / TT:

Recorded live at Théatre du Châtelet, Paris, France.
2nd recording of Alcina by C. Rousset.
Listen on YouTube: Alcina:
Marijana Mijanovic as Bradamante: E' gelosia [4:00]
Marijana Mijanovic as Bradamante: Vorrei vendicarmi... [4:02]
Marijana Mijanovic as Bradamante: All'alma fedel [3:01]
Silvia Tro Santafé as Morgana: Sta nell'ircana [5:43]
Silvia Tro Santafé as Morgana: Mi lusingar il dolce affetto [7:08]

23

G.F. Handel: Alcina [P-2]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Richard Hickox

Opera Australia Chorus / Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Soprano [Alcina]: Rachelle Durkin; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Sarah Castle; Soprano [Morgana]: Natalie Jones; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Sally-Anne Russell; Tenor [Oronte]: Henry Choo; Bass [Melisso]: Richard Alexander; Soprano [Oberto]: Sarah Crane

House of Opera CD-6657
House of Opera MP3-6657

Mar 16, 2007

2-CD / TT:
MP3 / TT:

Recorded at Opera Theatre Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. ABC Classic FM broadcast.
2nd recording of Alcina by R. Hickox.
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24

Handel: Alcina [P-1]

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34, edited by Alan Curtis

Alan Curtis

Il Complesso Barocco

Mezzo-soprano [Alcina]: Joyce DiDonato; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Maite Beaumont; Soprano [Morgana]: Karina Gauvin; Contralto [Bradamante]: Sonia Prina; Tenor [Oronte]: Kobie van Rensburg; Bass [Melisso]: Vito Priante; Soprano [Oberto]: Laura Cherici; Soprano: Marina Bartoli

Archiv Produktion 477737

Sep 2007

3-CD / TT: 202:43

Recorded at Chiesa di Sant' Agostino, Tuscania, near. Viterbo, Italy.
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25

G.F. Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [205 min]
Bonus: Behind the Scenes: Interviews with the production team and artists as well as backstage footage [21 min]

Marc Minkowski (Conductor)
Adrian Noble (Stage Director); Sue Lefton (Choreographer); Anthony Ward (Set and costume designer); Jean Kalman (Lighting designer)

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Chorus Master: Thomas Lang)
Wiener Staatsballett, (Vienna State Opera Ballet)

Soprano [Alcina]: Anja Harteros; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Vesselina Kasarova; Soprano [Morgana]: Veronica Cangemi; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Kristina Hammarström; Tenor [Oronte]: Benjamin Bruns; Bass [Melisso]: Adam Plachetka [Video] or Luca Tittoto [Audio]; Boy Soprano [Oberto]: Alois Mühlbacher (St. Florianer Sängerknaben)

ArtHaus 101571
ArtHaus 108028
House of Opera CD-84840

Nov 20, 2010

2-DVD / TT: 226 min
2-Blue-ray Disc / TT: 226 min
3-CD / TT:

Recorded at the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria. Broadcast on Mezzo Channel.
Listen on YouTube:
Opera Alcina: Part 1 [10:41] | Part 2 [14:19] | Part 3 [4:40] | Part 4 [3:54] | Part 5 [13:57] | Part 6 [7:51] | Part 7 [4:15] | Part 8 [5:36] | Part 9 [5:05] | Part 10 [13:33] | Part 11 [8:36] | Part 12 [9:52] | Part 13 [4:06] | Part 14 [4:51] | Part 15 [12:45] | Part 16 [3:36] | Part 17 [4:37] | Part 18 [9:28] | Part 19 [7:49] | Part 20 [13:49] | Part 21 [4:44] | Part 22 [6:37] | Part 23 [11:43] | Part 24 [5:44] | Part 25 [12:01] | Complete Opera
Watch on YouTube:
Opera Alcina: Trailer [1:38] | Sta nell'ircana [5:55] | All'alma fedel [3:34] | Mi restano le lagrime [7:35] | Alcina, Ah! mio cor [12:37] | Ah! Ruggiero crudel... - Ombre pallide [9:28]
Part 1 [122:39] +Part 2 [82:09]
Buy this album at:
2-DVD (2011): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
2-Blue-ray Disc: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
3-CD (2012): House of Opera

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Handel: Alcina Live (Opéra Royal de Versailles, 2012) [P-4]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Excepts (from a complete performance)

Christophe Rousset

Les Talens Lyriques

Soprano [Alcina]: Karina Gauvin; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Ann Hallenberg; Soprano [Morgana]: Monica Piccinini; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Delphine Galou; Tenor [Oronte]: Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro; Soprano [Oberto]: Erika Escribá; Bass [Melisso]: Olivier Lallouette

YouTube

Jun 12, 2012

Video / TT:

Recoreded & filmed live at Opéra Royal de Versailles, France.
4th recording of Alcina by C. Rousset.
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Ann Hallenberg as Morgana: Sta nell'ircana pietroso tana [5:19]
Gauvin/Galou/Hallenberg: Non è amor, ne gelosia [1:35]

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G.F. Händel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Rainer Mühlbach

Dresden Staatskapelle

Soprano [Alcina]: Vanessa Goikoetxea; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Mary-Ellen Nesi; Soprano [Morgana]: Nadja Mchantaf; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Christa Mayer; Tenor [Oronte]: Simeon Esper; Bass [Melisso]: Markus Butter; Soprano [Oberto]: Christel Lötzsch

YouTube

March 17, 27 & Apr 1, 2013

Video / TT:

Recorded & filmed live at Semperoper Dresden, Saxony, Germany.
Staging: Jan Philipp Gloger; Dramaturgy: Sophie Becker; Set Designs: Ben Baur; Costumes: Karin Jud; Lighting: Fabio Antoci. With generous support of the foundation of the Semperoper Dresden.
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Trailer [3:42]
Mary-Ellen Nesi as Ruggiero as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [4:50]
Mary-Ellen Nesi as Ruggiero as Ruggiero: Nesi Sta nell'ircana [6:02]
Mary-Ellen Nesi as Ruggiero as Ruggiero: Verdi prati [3:59]

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Handel: Alcina (Paris, Garnier, 2014) [P-5]

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Excepts (from a complete performance)

Christophe Rousset

Chœur de l'Opéra de Paris (Chorus Master: Alessandro Di Stefano) / Les Talens Lyriques

Soprano [Alcina]: Myrtò Papatanasiu; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Anna Goryachova; Soprano [Morgana]: Sandrine Piau; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Patricia Bardon; Tenor [Oronte]: Cyrille Dubois; Bass [Melisso]: Michał Partyka

YouTube

Jan 25-Feb 12, 2014 (8 performances)

Video / TT:

Reored & filmed live at Opéra National de Paris Palais Garnier, Paris, France/
Stage Director: Robert Carsen; Scenery and costumes: Tobias Hoheisel; Lights: Jean Kalman; Choreographic movements: Philippe Giraudeau; Dramaturgy: Ian Burton.
5th recording of Alcina by C. Rousset.
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Sandrine Piau as Morgana: Tornami a vagheggiar [2:31]

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G.F. Handel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Geoffrey McDonald

Pick-up Orchestra

Soprano [Alcina]: Katharina Hagopian; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Jamie Van Eyck; Soprano [Morgana]: Anne-Carolyn Bird; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Eve Gigliotti; Tenor [Oronte]: Samuel Levine; Bass [Melisso]: David Adam Moore
Orchestra includes: Elliot Figg, Ellen Hindson, Johanna Novom, Kristin Olson, Katie Rietman, Elizabeth Weinfield, Yang Wen, Jude Ziliak

YouTube

Sep 20, 2014

Video / TT:

Recorded & filmed live at WhiteBox Art Center, New York City, New York, USA. General Rehearsal: September 19, 2014; Performances: September 20 & 21, 2014.
Director: R. B. Schlather; Scenography: Paul DePoo; Costume: Terese Wadden; Lighting: JAX Messenger; Hair & Makeup design: Dave Bova; Titles: Steven Jude Tietjen; Assistant Director: Emily Cuk; Production Stage Manager: Audrey Chait.
Source: A Sorceress Stirs Up a Sense of Adventurousness: ‘Alcina,’ From R. B. Schlather at the Whitebox Art Center (New York Times) | R. B. Schlather: Opera: Alcina - Free. Opera. Installation (Indiegogo)
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Jamie Van Eyck as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [3:54]
Anne-Carolyn Bird as Morgana: Credete al mio dolore +
Samuel Levine as Oronte: Un momento di contento
[10:06]
Eve Gigliotti as Bradamante: Vorrei vendicarmi [4:13]
Eve Gigliotti as Bradamante: É gelosia [4:06]

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Händel: 'Alcina' (Live, Federico Sardelli & Moscow Chamber Orchestra) [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Federico Maria Sardelli

Intrada Vocal Ensemble / State Chamber Orchestra of Russia

Soprano [Alcina]: Inga Kalna; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Vivica Genaux; Soprano [Morgana]: Anna Devin; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Patricia Bardon; Tenor [Oronte]: Benjamin Hulett; Bass [Melisso]: Oleg Tsybulko; Soprano [Oberto]: Alina Yarovaya

YouTube

Jan 16, 2015

Audio / TT: 179:56

Recorded live at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia.
Source: World Concert Hall
Listen on YouTube:
Alcina [179:56]: Part 1 [57:40] + Part 2 [52:55] + Part 3 [69:21]
Inga Kalna as Alcina: Di, cor mio, quanto t'amai [6:36]
Watch on YouTube:
Vivica Genaux as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [6:53]
Vivica Genaux as Ruggiero: Di te mi sorrido [4:28]
Vivica Genaux as Ruggiero: Verdi Prati [3:45]

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Handel: Alcina, Tamerlano [P-6]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [188:36]

Christophe Rousset

Choeur de Chambre de l'IMEP (Chorus Master: Benoît Giaux) / Les Talens Lyriques (Concert-master: Gilone Gaubert-Jacques)

Soprano [Alcina]: Sandrine Piau; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Maite Beaumont; Soprano [Morgana]: Sabina Puértolas; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Angélique Noldus; Tenor [Oronte]: Daniel Behle; Soprano [Oberto]: Chloè Briot; Bass [Melisso]: Giovanni Furlanetto; Speaker [Astolfo]: Edouard Higuet
CCI: Sopranos: Plorie Edmond, Camille Hubert, Marie Agnes Jean, Maria Devitzaki*; Altos: Aurore Bureau, Caroline de Mahieu, Isabelle Jacques, Imogen Streul*; Tenors: Gabriel Bonifanti. Pierre Derhet, Maxime Melnik, Guillaume Huybrechrs*; Basses: Emanuel Junk, Kamil Ben Hsain Lachiri, Laurent Lamard. Jordan Lehane*
* Alternative Singers
LTL: Violins 1: Gilone Gaubert-Jacques, Jivka Kaltche, Karine Crocquenoy, Josépha Gérard, Jean-Marc Haddad, Michiyo Kondo; Violins 2: Charlotte Grattard, Giorgia Simbula, Virginie Descharmes, Mrryam Mahnane; Violas: Laurent Gaspar, Mika Akiha, Delphine Grimbert; Cellos: Emmanuel Jacques, Jérôme Huille, Julien Barre; Double-bass: Ludek Braný; Recorders: Stefanie Troffaers, Laura Duthuillé; Oboes: Vincent Blanchard, Laura Duthuillé; Bassoon: Eyal Steett; Horns: Lionel Renoux, Yannick Maillet
Continuo: Cello: Emmanuel Jacques; Lute & Guitar: Laura Mónica Pustilnik; Harpsichords: Christophe Rousset, Stéphanie Fuget

Alpha Classics: ALPHA-715

Feb 2015

2-Blu-ray / TT: 378:58

Recorded at La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels, Belgium.
Sound Format PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround; Picture Format 16:9, 1080i; All Regions: Subtitles and Booklet in English, German, French, Dutch.
Film Director: Stéphan Aubé; Stage Director: Pierre Audi; Stage Direction Assistant: Maria Lamont; Set & Constumes Designer: Patrick Kinmont; Lighting: Matthew Richardson.
6th recording of Alcina by C. Rousset.
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Maite Beaumont as Ruggiero: Di te mi rido [3:59; Jan 2015]
Sabina Puértolas as Morgana: Tornami a vagheggiar [5:12; Jan 2015]
Sandrine Piau as Alcina: Ah! Mio cor [15:34, Mezzo, Feb 7, 2015]
Sabina Puértolas as Morgana: Credete al mio dolore [9:13, Mezzo, Feb 7, 2015]
Sandrine Piau as Alcina: Ombre pallide & Mi restano le lagrime [14:38, Mezzo, Feb 7, 2015]
Giovanni Furlanetto as Melisso: Pensa a chi geme [5:59; Mezzo, Feb 7, 2015]
Angélique Noldus a Bradamante [15:01; Mar 2015]
Buy this album at:
2-Blu-ray (2016): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
2-Blu-ray (2016): Amazon.com

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Live aus aix-en-provence: Händels Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Andrea Marcon

Freiburger Barockorchester

Soprano [Alcina]: Patricia Petibon; Counter-tenor [Ruggiero]: Philippe Jaroussky; Soprano [Morgana]: Anna Prohaska; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Katarina Bradić; Tenor [Oronte]: Anthony Gregory; Bass [Melisso]: Krzysztof Bączyk

Arte Channel

Jul 10, 2015

TV Broadcast / TT: 180 min

Live broadcast by Arte Concert from Grand Théâtre de Provence, during the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, France.
Director: Katie Mitchell; TV Director: Corentin Leconte; Arte France, Bel Air Media.

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G.F. Händel: Alcina [P-1]

 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Christopher Moulds

Teatro Real Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Soprano [Alcina]: Karina Gauvin; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Christine Rice; Soprano [Morgana]: Anna Christy; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Sonia Prina; Tenor [Oronte]: Allan Clayton; Bass [Melisso]: Luca Tittoto; Soprano [Oberto]: Erika Escribá

YouTube

Oct 27 & 31 & Nov 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10, 2015

Video / TT:

Recorded & filmed live at Main Auditorium, Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain.
Production Team & Cast: Stage Director: David Alden; Set Designer: Gideon Davey; Lighting Designer: Simon Mills; Choreographer: Beate Vollack.
Source: Teatro Real: Alcina
Watch on YouTube: Alcina:
Alcina: bajo el hechizo de Händel | Teatro Real 15/16 [4:06]
Christine Rice as Ruggiero: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto [7:17]

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Alcina de Haendel au Grand Théâtre de Genève [P-1]

 
 

G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34

Leonardo García-Alarcón

Choir of Grand Theatre of Geneva / Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Cappella Mediterranea (Continuo)

Soprano [Alcina]: Nicole Cabell; Mezzo-soprano [Ruggiero]: Monica Bacelli; Soprano [Morgana]: Siobhan Stagg; Mezzo-soprano [Bradamante]: Kristina Hammarström; Tenor [Oronte]: Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (or Erlend Tvinnereim); Soprano [Oberto]: Mary Feminear; Bass [Melisso]: Michael Adams
Continuo & soloists: Abdel-Hamid El Shwekh & François Payet-Labonne (Violons); François Guye (Violoncelle); Héctor Sapiña Lledó (Double-bass)

YouTube

Feb 25, 2016

Video / TT: 146:09

Recorded & filmed live at Opéra des Nations, Genève, Switzerland. Broadcast by Arte Channel on April 13, 2016.
Production of Grand Théâtre de Genève; Stage Director: David Bösch.
Watch on YouTube:
Alcina: Complete Opera [145:20] | Complete Opera [150:05] | Trailer [1:08]
Watch on Arte Website:
Alcina: Complete Opera [146:09]

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (November 2008 - May 2017)

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