In Handel’s magical fable, the sorceress Alcina lives on an enchanted island. There the seeming idyllic landscape is in reality nothing but a barren desert; the streams and animals Alcina’s former lovers, discarded when she tires of them, and bewitched. But when the Christian warrior Ruggiero wins the witch’s heart, can love perform the ultimate enchantment and transform Alcina herself?
Kristina Mkhitaryan stars in this exuberant fantasy of a work which the composer based on the medieval epic poem Orlando Furioso. Director Francesco Micheli brings style and sumptuous excess to Glyndebourne’s first ever staging. Conducted by Gianluca Capuano.