Thursday, September 11, 2008

Opera Australia presents

George Frideric Handel

Opera Australia presents Handel’s wild and magical opera, Orlando, in a new production starring Italian contralto Sonia Prina.

Love or war? It is no easy choice for a warrior prince. But in spite of Zoroastro’s warnings to be ware the trials of love, the brave Orlando is struck down by an unrequited passion for Angelica. Orlando, the Renaissance hero, becomes mad, bad and dangerous to know.You can almost hear a beautiful mind falling apart as Handel pushes his instinctive sense of drama and his delicate lyricism to the extreme.

Sonia Prina comes to Sydney for the first time after acclaimed performances of this lovesick prince at the Salzburg Festival. She is joined by Rachelle Durkin as the bewitching Angelica, Tobias Cole as her lover Medoro, Hye Seoung Kwon as Angelica’s foil, Dorinda and Richard Alexander as Zoroastro, the voice of reason.

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