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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Alcina


By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)


Handel, Alcina - Chrysander (HG) score (pdf)


Handel, Alcina - English translation by Harriet Mason for EMI. Incompetent libretto without scenes or original stage directions.

Handel, Alcina - Revised English translation by Harriet Mason for Erato, plus French & German translations. Includes scenes and stage directions. To print only the Italian and English versions on 8½x11, open in Foxit Reader, Auto-Center, select Portrait in printer properties, and set custom scale at 141%.


Handel. Alcina. (HWV 34, London 1735). DG-Archiv 477 737-4 (3 CDs, March 2009). Booklet (pdf). (Joyce DiDonato's blog about recording Alcina). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Alcina: Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Ruggiero: Maite Beaumont, mezzo-soprano; Morgana: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Bradamante: Sonia Prina, contralto; Oronte: Kobie van Rensburg, tenor; Oberto: Laura Cherici, soprano; Melisso: Vito Priante, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel. Alcina. (HWV 34, London 1735). EMI EX 27 0388 3 (US: EMI Angel DSD-3985) (4 LPs 1986), reissued on 3 CDs: 7 49771. Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia. Alcina: Arlene Augér, soprano; Morgana: Eiddwen Harrhy, soprano; Ruggiero: Della Jones, mezzo-soprano; Bradamante: Kathleen Kuhlmann, contralto; Oberto: Patrizia Kwella, soprano; Oronte: Maldwyn Davies, tenor; Melisso: John Tomlinson, bass. US | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on CMS 35861-2 (July 2006). Libretto with English translation available online HERE (pdf). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Handel. Alcina - Arias (Alcina & Morgana) & Suites. Avi 42 6008553143 1 (1 CD, March 2009). Details. Christine Schäfer, soprano. Rainer Kussmaul, Berliner Barock Solisten. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel. Alcina. (HWV 34, London 1735). Erato 8573-80233-2 (3 CDs 2000). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Alcina: Renée Fleming, soprano; Ruggiero: Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Morgana: Natalie Dessay, soprano; Bradamante: Kathleen Kuhlmann, contralto; Oronte: Timothy Robinson, tenor; Melisso: Laurent Naouri, bass; Oberto: Juanita Lascarro, soprano. Annoying performance, with lots of vibrato and extended, shrieking cadenzas. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Warner Classics 2564-69653-2 (2008) in a 6-CD set with Christie's recording of Orlando. Librettos (pdf). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Related Operas

Riccardo Broschi. L'isola d'Alcina (Rome 1728). Librettist unknown. Revised for Parma (1729) as Bradamante nell' isola d'Alcina. Handel's libretto is based on the Rome version and includes "unusually few alterations to the London text". (Strohm, page 70).


Winton Dean. Handel's Operas, 1726-1741 (Boydell Press 2006).

R. Strohm, "Handel and his Italian opera texts." Essays on Handel and the Italian Opera. (Oxford University Press 1985).

Iain Fenlon & Tim Carter (eds.) Con Che Soavità: Studies in Italian Opera, Song and Dance, 1580-1740. 336 pages. Oxford University Press 1995. Contents include: The Making of Alcina, by Winton Dean. US | UK


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