Ariodante, a young Italian knight, has successfully climbed up the Scottish Army’s career ladder. At the beginning of Handel’s opera, the shooting star is promised the hand of princess Ginevra, whom he adores – a prospect that catapults Ariodante straight into the position of the throne’s heir as well. Following the ecstatic engagement festivities, however, a scandal occurs on the morning of the wedding celebrations. Handel’s opera – which against prevailing conventions starts with the lighthearted ‘happy ending’ of a wedding – celebrates a culture of transformation, disguise and seduction. At the same time it showcases the failing of the models of theatre and society of its time: Polinesso, saboteur and ideologist of a new age, transforms the machinery of illusion into a machinery of murder. The ‘old theatre’ breaks down. With Ariodante
Handel composed one of his last and most beautiful operas for his audience in London in 1735. It was one of the first operas to reflect the upheavals of modern age that were announcing themselves in the then most populated city and most powerful trade centre of the world.
A introduction is held in German 45 minutes prior to the start of every performance at the Grand Tier Foyer (Foyer I. Rang).
Directors, dramaturgs, singers and conductors are ready to answer your questions:
- March 12, 2017
- March 25, 2017