Wiener Staatsoper


Director David McVicar
Set and costume design Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Paule Constable
Choreography Colm Seery
Orchestra Les Talens Lyriques
Chorus Gustav Mahler-Chor

A tale of jealousy and intrigue, conflict and betrayal: Ariodante, Handel's first work for the then brand-new Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. At this time, the composer was highly caught up in rivalry, bankrupt and stricken by disease. However, rejuvenated by a retreat, he wrote a work based on Ariosts Epos' Orlando furioso. And he succeeded in creating a richly varied and colourful score - including the intimate Aria "Scherza infida" - still regarded today as a particular gem amongst Handel's compositions. Ariodante has, as yet, never been performed at the Wiener Staatsoper and joins Alcina as the second of Handel's operas in the repertoire.


Current Dates

  • Fri. 08 Nov 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon. 11 Nov 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Nov 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Nov 2019, 6:30 p.m.