Handel in Concert – Patrizia Ciofi & Donna Leon


Fearless in the face of death, unflinching in their love, ruthless in their revenge: the women in Handel’s operas are anything but one-dimensional. Italian coloratura soprano Patrizia Ciofi and the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, led by Maxim Emelyanychev, perform the most powerful and moving arias from Handel’s operas. Together with bestselling author and Handel enthusiast Donna Leon they set out to discover the women’s stories. When Rodelinda becomes a veritable goddess of revenge, Ciofi interprets her great aria “Morrai, si” with dramatic ferocity. In Alcina (1735), the heroine has the power to bewitch the whole world around her, but none over her own heart. Ciofi emotionally commits to Alcina’s desperate arias, “Ah, Ruggero crudel… Ombre pallide” and “Ah, mio cor”, showcasing the tragedy of the narrative. “An original and electrifying spectacle!” (ForumOpera)

Additional Info

  • No: A055506770000
  • Composer: G.F. Händel
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro
  • Artists: Patrizia Ciofi (mezzo-soprano), Donna Leon (presenter)
  • Production year: 2017
  • Run time: 01:26:00
  • Producers: Ozango, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, M Media/Classic All TV, Szenik and UNITEL
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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