ALCINAGeorg Friedrich Händel
Opera seria in three acts
Libretto based upon Riccardo Broschi’s L'isola d'Alcina
taken from chants VI and VII of the epic poem Orlando furioso
by Ludovico Ariosto.
Alcina or the shattered glass of a lonely heart.
The London public which came to see this opera was presented by Handel with the enthralling emotional descent of a powerful woman who loses all her physical and metaphysical power as she delivers herself to an unrequited love.
It is a story which is apparently simple and fantastical, but contains within it a reflection on the nature of power and its conditioning factors, the obscurity of souls and the redeeming light which comes from the remains of a cruel heart broken in favour of harmony and love.
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