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ORLANDO

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Orlando was one of three operas Handel set to texts derived from Ludovico Ariosto’s sixteenth century epic poem, Orlando Furioso, the others being Alcina and Ariodante. First performed in London in 1733, it is among the composer’s most admired and original works.

In this beautiful production by director Chas Rader-Shieber and designer David Zinn, premiered at Glimmerglass Festival and later shown to great acclaim at Lincoln Centre in New York, the knight Orlando and his love-bewitched companions wander through a lush forest governed by both the wise counsel of Zoroastro and the reckless arrows from Cupid’s bow, opposing forces that everyone must confront as they come to terms with their emotions. The sheer poetry of the visual detail and the characters’ expressive movements help make this journey of self-discovery absolutely mesmerising.