Eastman Opera Theater: George Frideric Handel: Alcina

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Date(s) - 01/28/2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Eastman School of Music, Annex 804


Directed by James Kenon Mitchell (candidate for the MM in Opera Direction), conducted by Timothy Long. Alcina tells a tale that pits true love against desire, truth against deception, and honesty against disguise. Alcina is sung in Italian with supertitles.

The heroic Bradamante will create a new profile as “Ricciardo” to infiltrate the landscapes of Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok and to enter a world of influencers, beauty gurus, and content creators determined to keep their cheekbones high and their subscribers higher. But who can be trusted once the selfie-stick comes out?

“On an island filled with snakes and vipers, sorcery creates beauty where there was none and seduces countless prisoners, punishing them not with death, but with transformation into animals or objects of stone,” says Mitchell.  “Performed in Italian and in a one-act format, this production will take place on the islands of social media and explore a world where a filter, a ring light and the right angles can turn anyone into a sorcerer.”


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