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Seattle Opera Podcast

Jan 10, 2023

In Fall 2023 Seattle Opera will present Handel’s ALCINA, a magical opera seria about the vagaries of love, attraction, and gender. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces Handel operas and ALCINA, with musical examples from recital albums by Andreas Scholl and Sarah Connolly as well as recordings of ALCINA dating from 1959 (conducted by Ferdinand Leitner and starring Joan Sutherland); from 1962 (conducted by Richard Bonynge and starring Sutherland, Teresa Berganza, Monica Sinclair, and Luigi Alva); and 1999 (conducted by William Christie and starring Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Timothy Robinson, and Natalie Dessay).