Georg Friedrich Händel: Oper Alcina
In cooperation with the University of Music Vienna, the Austrian Baroque Academy carried out the musical realization of Handel’s drama per musica, Alcina.
Handel finished composing this opera, whose story was originally taken from a libretto by Ludovico Ariosto, on the 8th April 1735 in London. Alcina is probably one of the - both musically and dramatically - most outstanding operas by Handel, together with Ariodante.
The first performance of Alcina took place at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London; it was very different from his previous ones at the King’s Theatre – more French or Italian.
With an ensemble of young musicians, Alcina was carried out on stage at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre in Vienna and at the Theatre Manoel in Malta (Conductor in Vienna: Martin Haselböck with the Vienna Academy Orchestra; Conductor in Malta: Maurice van Lieshout with Capella Leopoldina).
Both performances became a great success of the first time scenic realisation of a project of the Austrian Baroque Academy.