Orlando is overcome by a frenzied passion. Based on Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalric epic »Orlando furioso«, George Frideric Handel created a fantastic and passionate Baroque opera in the truest sense of the word. Full of vigour, luxuriating in abundant melody, and with flashes of delightful humour, the opera tells of a jealous hero whose adoration of Angelica does not stop her rejecting him for the simple Medoro. A raging, merciless Orlando persecutes the fleeing couple until he believes them both dead. Only a magic spell is able to release him from his madness. When, full of remorse, he realizes what he has done, Angelica and Medoro reappear to offer their forgiveness.
Opera seria in three acts by Georg Friedich Händel
Performed in Italian with German surtitles
Running time 3 hours 10 minutes
Premiere 27 Jan 2013