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Cast
Conductor Ethan Schmeisser
Director Ido Ricklin
   
Soloists:
Alcina Yael Levita
Morgana Hila Fahima
Melisso Oded Reich
Oronte  Eitan Drori

 

Israeli Baroque Collective

 

Libretto: after Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto


Sung in Italian

English and Hebrew Subtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval

 

A new production

Synopsis

Act I

Bradamante is searching for her fiancé, Ruggiero, having been told that he is in the realm of the sorceress Alcina, a place where she cast spells on her lovers and transforms them to non-human creatures. He is met by Morgana, Alcina’s younger sister, who immediately falls in love with Bradamante, now disguised as her twin brother Ricciardo.

Ruggiero has become Alcina’s lover and is totally infatuated with her. He has forgotten all about his previous life and it is he of all people, not recognizing his fiancé in disguise, who has to show Bradamante all the places where Alcina and Ruggiero fell in love. The youthful Oberto is searching for his father Astolfo whom he believes is also in Alcina’s kingdom. Bradamante questions Ruggiero who makes fun of her as he will never leave Alcina. Bradamante is now caught between Morgana’s love and Oronte’s, her lover, jealousy. In order to dispose of his rival Oronte makes Ruggiero believe that Alcina is unfaithful to him and has now settled her affections on Ricciardo (Bradamante). She will now drop him just like all the others before him.

Ruggiero is furious with jealousy and confronts Alcina but she insists that she loves him and is about to prove that by doing away with the young Ricciardo. Morgana warns Ricciardo and confesses her love to him. Bradamante plays along with this new situation allowing Morgana to believe that her love is reciprocated.

 

Act II

Ruggiero is afraid that Alcina is abandoning him, however Bradamante, still disguised as Ricciardo, manages to open Ruggiero’s eyes to the power Alcina holds over him. Ruggiero has a plan: he will pretend to continue loving Alcina, claim that he is going off hunting and then escape. However, when Bradamante takes of her male disguise and reveals that she is his fiancée, Ruggiero believes this is nothing more than one of Alcina’s tricks and he rejects her.

Morgana persuades Alcina not to cast a spell on Ricciardo as she believes he loves only her, Morgana. Alcina does allow Ruggiero to go hunting and he swears that he is faithful, meaning that he is indeed faithful but to Bradamante. Alcina assures Oberto that he will soon see his father. Oronte arrives and announces that Ruggiero is trying to escape. Alcina’s heat breaks.

Morgana refuses to believe that she too has been betrayed and realizes that it is not a man but a woman whose lies have deceived her. Ruggiero bids a painful farewell to Alcina’s land while Alcina herself attempts to summon spirits to prevent her lover’s escape. However, all her magic powers have been lost.

Act III

Morgana tries to win back Oronte. He seems to reject her yet admits that he still loves her. Alcina summons Ruggiero. She threatens him and then pleads with him to remain with her, yet he is determined to leave with Bradamante. Alcina then loses her battle with Ruggiero and his allies. In despair she tries to set Oberto against his own father but he sees through her false magic. Alcina begs Ruggiero and Bradamante for sympathy one last time but there is no mercy for her – she is left behind alone in despair with her magic kingdom in ruins.  

Back Stage secrets

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience

Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 

Towards Opening
On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.

Pre Performance Lecture
One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders. 

Pre Performance Back Stage Tours
What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance ( sarah@israelopera.org.il )

Opera Talkback
The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. 

 

Date

Hour

PREMIÈRE

9 June 2021

20:00

Opening lecture

Before every show

An hour before every show

Back Stage Tours

 

16:30 / 18:30

Opera Talkback


After the show 

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