Sunday, August 4, 2019 - Start: 8:00 PM

Dramma per musica in three acts by George Frideric Handel (Salzburg Festival 2017, Haus für Mozart – in Italian). A co-production by ORF/3sat and UNITEL

Cecilia Bartoli as desperate Ariodante
Cecilia Bartoli as desperate Ariodante
Today, Ariodante (1734) is considered one of Handel’s masterworks – yet the opera about jealousy and mistrust, lust for power and betrayal enjoyed only moderate success when first performed in London. In Salzburg, however, it became a triumph in Christof Loy’s production, who took the medieval epic tale of knighthood as the foundation for a study of identities, the search for truth and gender roles. Outstanding among a brilliant ensemble of singers is Cecilia Bartoli, of course with a beard and sword in the title role, portraying a hero who almost loses his happiness – the marriage to Ginevra, the daughter of the Scottish king – because of the evil machinations of the villain Polinesso. As ever, Bartoli was praised lavishly by the reviewers: “Once again, Cecilia Bartoli throws herself into the title role with everything she has, and that is a lot. Apart from her qualities as an actor, her voice has a cooing presence in its lower region, her coloraturas are fluid and as accurate as a sewing machine – and her cultured pianissimo is impressive.”


Conductor: Gianluca Capuano | Director: Christof Loy | Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco | Duration: 216 Minutes | Featuring: Nathan Berg (King of Scotland), Kathryn Lewek (Ginevra), Cecilia Bartoli (Ariodante), Rolando Villazón (Lurcanio), Sandrine Piau (Dalinda), Christophe Dumaux (Polinesso)