Alcina (Georg Friedrich Händel)


Opera in 3 acts
Live at the
Vienna State Opera
A Monarda Arts production on behalf of Arthaus Musik in cooperation with Servus TV and Mezzo TV


 

Handel’s operas are now so thoroughly a part of modern musical life that you might think every major opera house welcomes them. But until November 2010, when it introduced an absorbing new production of “Alcina”, the Vienna Staatsoper resisted them, not having done a Baroque opera since Monteverdi’s “Poppea” in the 1960s. The present production boasted an all-star cast of Baroque specialists, a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company – Adrian Noble, the highly-acclaimed conductor Marc Minkowski and his Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble in the pit. Adrian Noble places his “Alcina” into a framework which begins in the magnificent ballroom of the Devonshire-House in London Piccadilly. The legendary Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, stages a play in which she is acting together with her friends, a stage on the stage. “Alcina” is a great musical experience geared to the Baroque curiosity. Marc Minkowski revives Handel’s music in an outstanding way.

 

Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)

Production

 

Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Producer: Oliver Becker
Directed for Screen by: Matthias Letzendorff
Assistant Video Director: Eva Kohlweyer
Cameras: Christoph Czernin, Stephan Schulz, Jürgen Kritzinger
Sound: Othmar Eichinger
Production Manager: Michael Kappel
Editor: Stephan Schulz, Jürgen Kritzinger
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian , English, German, French, Spanish, Korean
Running Time: 205 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2011

 

Creative Team

 

Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Director: Adrian Noble
Set and Costume Design: Anthony Ward
Light: Jean Kalman
Choreography: Sue Lefton
Chorus Master: Thomas Lang
Choir and Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
Ballet Company: Wiener Staatsballett

Alcina: Anja Harteros
Ruggiero: Vesselina Kasarova
Morgana: Veronica Cangemi