Principal Cast

Apr 19, 2018

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Composer George Frideric Handel

Librettist Riccardo Broschi, after Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso; translated by Ivey Barr

Language Sung in Italian with projected English subtitles and English recitatives

Dates April 19 and 21, 2019

About the production The detective Bradamante is out to rescue her partner Ruggiero, but he’s forgotten all about her. At Alcina’s hidden speakeasy, it’s hard to tell what’s real, and men have a way of not coming back: when Alcina is bored of her lovers, she transforms them into part of the building. Ruggiero is her latest victim, but for once, the spider may have fallen for the fly… and be ready to fight to keep him. Just to complicate matters, Alcina’s sister Morgana falls for Bradamante (who is undercover as “Ricciardo”), so Morgana’s boyfriend Oronte is out for Bradamante’s blood. Can Bradamante and her companion, the policeman Melisso, expose the sisters’ operation and free Ruggiero, or will Alcina keep her lover, her realm, and her magic?

Principal Cast

Alcina

Patricia Balconi-Lamica

Apr 19, 21

Morgana

Nicole Silva

Apr 19, 21

Ruggiero

Ivey Barr

Apr 19, 21

Bradamante

Avanti Dey

Apr 19, 21

Oberto

Ben Wise

Apr 19, 21

Oronte

Moazzum Naqvi

Apr 19, 21

Melisso

Matthew Kunjummen

Apr 19, 21

Creative Team

Staging Director

Ricky Campitelli

Music Director/
Translator

Ivey Barr

Pianist

Thomas Bruce

Ensemble and Covers

Alcina

Rachel Davies

Morgana

Varsha Gopal

Ruggiero

Alina Linde

Oronte

Rene Davila

Melisso

Tom Smith

Synopsis

Act I Bradamante and Melisso crash in a storm and take shelter in a nearby club. Morgana arrives to greet the new guests and is immediately smitten with Bradamante, who is undercover and using her brother Ricciardo’s name. Alcina appears with Ruggiero in tow, and leaves him to entertain the guests. Once alone, Bradamante tries to snap Ruggiero out of his enchanted amnesia, but he only laughs at her.

Oberto discovers the newcomers, and asks if they have any idea where his father Astolfo might be. Bradamante recognizes the name, and wonders if Astolfo might be one of Alcina’s earlier victims. The bouncer Oronte shows up in a fury and tries to start a fight with Bradamante for stealing Morgana’s affection – but Morgana rushes in and separates them, declaring to Oronte that he has no claim to her and she can love who she likes. Bradamante sympathizes with Oronte’s jealousy and Morgana’s love, longing to have Ruggiero back at her side.

Spurned by Morgana and unable to fight Bradamante, Oronte turns on Ruggiero instead and reveals Alcina’s secret: whenever she gets bored of her latest lover, she transforms him into one of the bottles behind the bar! Ruggiero wants to trust Alcina, but when Oronte suggests that her affection has turned to the newcomer “Ricciardo”, Ruggiero is outraged and lashes out at Alcina. Alcina is only amused, and reassures him of her love.

Bradamante tries to break through to Ruggiero by revealing her true identity, but Melisso stops her. Morgana arrives in a panic, urging Bradamante to escape – to prove her loyalty to Ruggiero, Alcina plans to transform her supposed rival “Ricciardo” into an animal. Bradamante declares in frustration that she could never love Alcina, as she loves someone else entirely. Morgana asks if that someone might be her, and Bradamante seizes the opening and says yes, it is Morgana she loves. Delighted, Morgana hurries to tell Alcina to spare Morgana’s new lover.

Act II Melisso surprises Ruggiero and uses a magic ring to banish Alcina’s spells. Melisso reminds Ruggiero of his past, his work, and his beloved Bradamante, and instructs him to play along with Alcina until he can regain his old weapons and escape with Melisso and Bradamante. Ruggiero agrees, but is startled to see Bradamante again. He reasons that she must be a new enchantment of Alcina’s, meant to trick him, and Bradamante loses her temper. Confronted with her familiar fire, Ruggiero wavers and tries to decide whether he can believe her.

Ruggiero and Morgana arrive at Alcina’s side simultaneously, as she prepares the spell to transform Bradamante. Morgana pleads for Bradamante’s freedom, and Ruggiero reassures Alcina that he is no longer jealous of “Ricciardo”. Alcina calls off the spell, but is unsettled by the look in Ruggiero’s eyes and questions him. Ruggiero reassures her, and she agrees to let him practice with his old weapons. Oberto wanders in, still seeking his father, and Alcina unsuccessfully attempts to distract herself by entertaining the boy.

Ruggiero is reunited with Bradamante and apologizes, but Morgana overhears them and realizes they are planning to expose Alcina’s whole operation. Furious, she runs to reveal their plans to Alcina. Ruggiero, although glad to be freed from Alcina’s magic, quietly laments the loss of all the beauty it held.

Alone, Alcina, betrayed and desperate, summons every spirit under her power to defend her realm… but nothing answers her incantations.

Act III Oronte throws Morgana’s claims of freedom back in her face as she attempts to reconcile with him, but cannot keep himself from taking her back. Alcina finds Ruggiero and makes a last effort to regain his love or threaten him into staying, but Ruggiero has regained his old confidence and rejects her once and for all. Bradamante and Ruggiero stand together against Alcina’s threats and pleas, and break the source of her power. All her spells are immediately broken, and everyone is freed from Alcina’s magic.