Handel’s Orlando from Brussels

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Ariosto's 16th-century epic Orlando Furioso, centered on the lovesick lunacy of a crusader knight, inspired an astonishing number of operas, but none with more spectacular music than this 1733 drama by Handel.

This production of Handel's Orlando from La Monnaie in Brussels, features Belgium's B'Rock Baroque Orchestra, led by conductor René Jacobs. The stars are countertenor Bejun Mehta in the title role, and soprano Sophie Karthäuser as Angelica, the woman who drives Orlando nuts, and starts the opera on its rollercoaster ride of love and lunacy.

Cast:

Conductor: René Jacobs

Orlando: Bejun Mehta (countertenor)

Angelica: Sophie Karthäuser (soprano)

Medoro: Kristina Hammarström (mezzo-soprano)

Dorinda: Sunhae Im (soprano)

Zoroastro: Konstantin Wolff (bass-baritone)

B'Rock Baroque Orchestra

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Comments [1]

Richard Schmidt from Chicago area

Operavore. What a treat.

Jun. 21 2012 05:01 AM

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