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Ariodante: George Frideric Handel - English National Opera (1996)
Starring: Lesley Garrett, Gwynne Howell, Marq Le Brocq, Ann Murray, Paul Nilon, Christopher Robson
Director: Kriss Russman
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: Image Ent.
177 mins



The 1996 revival of David Alden's production of Ariodante, one of Handel's greatest masterpieces, earned critical and popular acclaim for its fresh approach and powerful theatrical vitality.In the same vein as Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing,the King of Scotland's daughter is treacherously accused of infidelity to her fiance in this tale of trickery, betrayal, mistaken identity and sexual jealousy.The range of the characters' feelings is captured in music of extraordinary emotional power, even by Handel's own exalted standards.The inclusion of well-integrated dance sequences, choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, adds to the heady brew.