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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Ariodante

Ariodante (1735)

By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Score

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

Recordings

Handel. Ariodante. (HWV 33, London 1735). Virgin Classics (3 CDs, May 2011). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Ariodante: Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Ginevra: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Polinesso: Marie-Nicole Lemieux, mezzo-soparno; Dalinda: Sabina Puertolas, soprano; Lurcanio: Topi Lehtipuu, tenor; Il Rè: Matthew Brook, bass; Odoardo: Anicio Zorzi, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel. Ariodante (HWV 33, London 1735). Harmonia Mundi HMU 907146/48 (3 CDs 1996). Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester. Ariodante: Lorraine Hunt, soprano; Ginevra: Juliana Gondek, soprano; Dalinda: Lisa Saffer, soprano; Polinesso: Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano; Il Rè: Nicolas Cavallier, bass; Lurcanio: Rufus Müller, tenor; Odoardo: Jörn Lindemann, tenor. Includes an extended ritornello to the bass aria Voli colla sua tromba not found in the Chrysander edition or in any other recording. (This is the aria that gave rise to the anecdote about Handel losing his trumpeter to the Opera of the Nobility, since the text mentions a trumpet but the obbligato instruments are a pair of horns.) McGegan's favorite of his many recordings. (Interview by Melanie Eskenazi.) US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Handel. Ariodante. (HWV 33, London 1735). DG-Archiv 457 271-2 (3 CDs 1997). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Ariodante: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Ginevra: Lynne Dawson, soprano; Polinesso: Ewa Podles, contralto; Dalinda: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Lurcanio: Richard Croft, tenor; Il Rè: Denis Sedov, bass; Odoardo: Luc Coadou, tenor. Overall, I prefer McGegan's recording. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Related Operas

Perti. Ginevra, principessa di Scozia (Villa di Pratolino 1708). Libretto by Antonio Salvi, later adapted for Handel. Strohm believes that Handel was present at the performance. (pp. 69-70).

Vivaldi. Ginevra, principessa di Scozia. (RV 716, Venice 1736). Music apparently lost. Another setting of Salvi's libretto.

References

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

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

Reinhard Strohm. Dramma per Musica: Italian Opera Seria of the Eighteenth Century. Details. Yale University Press, 1997. 326 pages. Contents include: Handel's Ariodante: Scotland and Arcadia. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Links

Ariodante: The Background to the Original Production by Donald Burrows.

Le magazine de l'opera-baroque page on Ariodante


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