The Gramophone Choice. Joyce DiDonato (mez) Ariodante Karina Gauvin (sop) Ginevra Sabina Puértolas (sop) Dalinda Marie-Nicole. Handel, a German composer, became a superstar in London, England, by writing Italian operas. Ariodante, one of his best, was premiered in.

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Among a series of remarkable arias for the title role, sung in the first performance by the castrato Carestini, are the mournful aria with bassoon obbligato “Scherza infida”, “one of Handel’s greatest arias” [15] and the joyful “Dopo notte” with astonishing vocal acrobatics and huge range. But she never transgresses the canons of Baroque style. Dalinda, who is secretly in love with Polinesso, advises him that his rival is Prince Ariodante but also advises him that all he has to do is open his eyes to see someone else who loves him Aria: Ginevra is in love with Ariodante, a vassal, and the two have her father’s permission to be married, as Ginevra explains to her lady-in-waiting, Dalinda.

Left alone, Lurcanio reflects on his love for Dalinda. The German-born Handel had brought Italian opera to London stages for the first time in with his opera Rinaldo. But there’s a problem.

Ariodante, HWV 33 (Handel, George Frideric)

The King, Lords and Ladies descend the staircase. Ariodanteone of his best, was premiered in at a then brand new opera house at London’s Covent Garden. Mi palpita il core. Virgin ClassicsCat: Handel revived the opera inwith many changes.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ivor BoltonBayerisches Staatsorchester. The King has refused even to see his daughter until a champion for her can be found. Ariodante sadly bewails his beloved’s supposed infidelity Aria: Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before.

Work Title Ariodante Alt ernative. The lovesick Dalinda agrees. For that, however, Minkowski is partly to blame. As the opera begins, she is confiding her feelings to Dalinda when Polinesso, Duke of Albany, who covets the throne, bursts into her room and makes advances to her, which she forcefully rejects.


Ariodante attempts aariodante and Ginevra is condemned, but after a challenge to a duel by Lurcanio, Ariodante’s brother, the dying Polinesso admits his plot and the lovers are reunited. The plot is unsually straightforward, with no subplots, and the music consistently melodic and written with equal importance for all four voice groups — soprano, mezzo, tenor and bass.

One of the major ariodane in Handel’s operas was the star castrato Senesino whose relationship with the composer was often stormy and who eventually left Handel’s company to appear with the rival Opera of the Nobilityset up in Ariodante, horrified at this apparent betrayal, is about to kill himself by falling on his sword when Lurcanio, who has also been duped, rushes forward and prevents him throwing away his life for a worthless woman.

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Handel House – Handel’s Operas: Ariodante

Neghittosi or voi che fate? Polinesso wants Dalinda to dress as Ginevra, and let him into Ginevra’s chambers late at night. Ariodante was given eleven performances in its original run, a mark of success for the time, and was revived by Handel for his season.

On World of Operathe drama is heard in a performance featuring some of the world’s finest Handel singers, including mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, along with sopranos Patricia Petibon and Amanda Forsythe.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. See the previous edition of World of Opera or the full archive. Through much of the s, and into the 30s, Handel basically ran his own opera company — haandel support from wealthy subscribers, and from England’s King George I. The King immediately summons Ginevra back to the court — and disowns her.

Il mio crudel martoro and all Dalinda’s ariodamte to console her fail.

Scandal in Scotland: Handel’s ‘Ariodante’

Scherza infida Act II 2. And when it comes to classical composers, few were as cosmopolitan as George Frideric Handel. When Ariodante furiously reaches for his sword at these outrageous words, Polinesso promises to substantiate his charge: Gwynne Howell is the upright King to the life.


A word book published for these two performances has the Italian text of the interpolated arias, but not an English translation as there was not time to prepare and publish one. Alan CurtisIl Complesso Barocco. She is astonished and raptured to find him alive after all, and the opera ends with general rejoicing in the great hall of the palace.

Generally, though, it’s applied to anything that crosses a lot boundaries — both physical and cultural. Left alone, Polinesso can see that Dalinda is in love with him and plans to aeiodante her to thwart his rival arildante win Ginevra for himself Aria: Lurcanio, Ariodante’s brother, then appears to Dalinda and declares his love for her Aria: Princess Ginevra, in front of her mirror, is adorning herself to make herself beautiful for her beloved.

When Ginevra hears this, she faints and is taken away. He revived Ariodante only once, for two performances in May as a filler before the premiere of Atalanta which was not yet ready. Lurcanio, who has been surprised to see his brother talking with the disliked Polinesso, had also concealed himself and is watching events. The furious Lurcanio, however, hands the King a letter telling him he saw Ginevra admit Polinesso into her bedroom for the night, which caused his brother to kill himself, and Lurcanio now is bent on revenge Aria: Ariodante refuses to believe it.

Polinesso tells him to hide behind a tree, and watch. All Music Guide to Classical Music: