Handel's 'Alcina' from the Opera of Nations in Geneva

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Soprano Nicole Cabell stars in Handel's 'Alcina' from the Opera des Nations in Geneva. Nicole Cabell stars in Handel's 'Alcina' from Geneva. (Magali Dougados/Grand Theatre Geneva)
Operavore

This week, World of Opera presents Handel's Alcina in a production by the Grand Théâtre de Genève and performed at the Opéra des Nations in the Swiss city. Nicole Cabell stars as the enchantress, who's seduced numerous lovers on her island.

The opera begins with Alcina's latest love interest, Ruggiero, completely under her spell. However, Ruggiero's fiancé, Bradamonte is en route, disguised as a man and determined to win him back. Once on the island, the disguised Bradamonte finds herself the romantic conquest of Alcina's sister, Morgana. But with the help of some magic of her own, Bradamonte attempts to rescue Ruggiero and the other men held captive by Alcina's sorcery.

Leonardo García Alarcón conducts the Suisse Romande Orchestra.

World of Opera airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.

Cast:

Alcina: Nicole Cabell (soprano)
Ruggiero: Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)
Bradamante: Kristina Hammarström (mezzo-soprano) 
Morgana: Siobhan Stagg (soprano)
Oronte: Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (tenor)
Melisso: Michael Adams (bass)
Oberto: Mary Feminear (soprano)

Capella Mediterranea
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor

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