Ariodante, one of Handel’s most ambitious creative efforts: William Christie and Les Arts Florissants reveal the eloquence, vitality and irresistible beauty of this baroque masterpiece with the stunning Lea Desandre in the lead role of the betrayed knight.
August 1734: having for years sought to conquer London audiences, Handel faced a considerable challenge when a rival company arrived and began stealing away all his best lyric stars. The composer then created Ariodante, a story of crossed lovers at the heart of medieval Scotland, alternating betrayal, dementia, suicidal blindness and knightly tournaments. To win back the public’s favour, Handel wrote what would be one of his most accomplished operas: vibrantly emotional arias, incredible colours, sumptuous and virtuoso instrumental passages that captivate audiences of the past as they still do today. Visionary historian and painter of the most subtle sentiments, William Christie surrounds himself with young laureates of the Jardin des Vocals, the international academy of Les Arts Florissants, in a staged reading directed by Nicolas Briançon.
Excerpt from Ariodante, concert version
Performance surtitled in french
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Music Georg Friedrich Haendel
Libretto by d’Antonio Salvi
Musical director William Christie
Staged reading director Nicolas Briançon
Orchestra & Choir Les Arts Florissants
Ariodante Lea Desandre
Ginevra Ana Maria Labin
Dalinda Ana Vieira Leite
Polinesso Hugh Cutting
Lurciano Kresimir Spicer
Odoardo Moritz Kallenberg
Il Re Di Scozia Renato Dolcini
With the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet.
Les Arts Florissants are supported by the State - Direction régionale des affaires culturelles (DRAC), des Pays de la Loire, the Département de la Vendée and the Région des Pays de la Loire. The Selz Foundation is their Principal Patron. Aline Foriel-Destezet and the American Friends of Les Arts Florissants are Grand Patrons. Les Arts Florissants is in residence at the Philharmonie de Paris and has also been awarded the Centre Culturel de Rencontre label.
Photo © Oscar Ortega