Handel's Early Masterpiece Ariodante
Making its hotly anticipated Lyric Opera premiere as part of its brand new 2018/19 season, Handel's Ariodante is the perfect introduction to the Baroque composer's unique idiom within the art form. Bearing the hallmarks of his fusion of Italian traditions with German counterpoint, the opera is a swiftly-paced tragedy shot through with exquisitely mournful, deeply soulful arias and grief-stricken, elegant melodies as its characters mediate on the pain of love.
Set in medieval Scotland, the story follows the trials and tribulations of Ginevra, daughter of the Kind and her betrothed, the handsome Prince Ariodante. Ginevra's beauty has drawn the eye of the sly Duke Of Albany, Polinesso, who must have her for himself. The couple fall foul of the Duke's evil machinations when Polinesso convinces the King that his daughter has been unfaithful.