Ariodante - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Georg Friedrich Haendel

    Palais Garnier - from 17 April to 20 May 2023

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Palais Garnier - from 17 April to 20 May 2023


Opera Georg Friedrich Haendel

Palais Garnier - from 17 April to 20 May 2023

3h55 with 2 intervals

Language : Italian

Surtitle : French / English

  • Pre‑opening for the young : 17 Apr. 2023

    Opening night : 20 Apr. 2023


In few words:

If Handel were alive today, he would be termed resilient. In 1734‑1735, when the public had cooled towards him and his contract with the King’s Theatre drew to a close, the composer began to write Ariodante, an “opera seria” intended for the opening of the brand new Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. As if galvanised by adversity, he produced a radiant work, as virtuoso as the libretto, drawn from an episode of Arioste’s Orlando Furioso, is simple: Ginevra, a Scottish princess, is in love with Ariodante to whom she is betrothed, but a conspiracy led by the traitor Polinesso results in her being accused of infidelity. As well as giving us Handel’s most beautiful lament, this inspired score abounds throughout in virtuoso arias and breathes theatrical intelligence. Enough to inspire Robert Carsen who, in the wake of his legendary Paris Opera production of Alcina, composed the same year, signs a new production of Ariodante.

  • Opening
  • First part 70 mn
  • Intermission 20 mn
  • Second part 65 mn
  • Intermission 20 mn
  • Third part 60 mn
  • End

Opera’s first notes

3 min


Opera’s first notes
  • Ariodante

    Opera in three acts (1735)

    After Antonio Salvi Ginevra, principessa di Scozia

    Inspired by L’Arioste, Orlando furioso

    • Music :

      Georg Friedrich Haendel - (1685 - 1759)

    • Libretto :

      Adaptation anonyme


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