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2006 Production


By George Frideric Handel

Tuesday 7 November
Thursday 9 November
Saturday 11 November 2006

INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler’s Wells’ 2006 production, Handel’s Orlando, at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, was designed and directed by Alessandro Talevi and conducted by Gary Cooper.

Written in 1733, Orlando was the first of the three operas for which Handel drew on the Renaissance masterpiece Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, a verse epic chronicling the chivalric adventures of medieval French knights. Though Orlando is rarely performed, by comparison with Alcina and Ariodante, it is musically and dramatically the equal of both. Orlando is a fascinating ‘magic’ opera, brimming with some of Handel’s most glorious music and inventive stage imagery.

Conductor Gary Cooper 
Director and Set Designer Alessandro Talevi
Costume Designer Cordelia Chisholm
Lighting Designer Rachel Nicholson
Video Design Dick Straker & Finn Ross
Choreography Vena Ramphal
Puppetry Michael Fowkes & Chiara Ambrosio 

Orlando William Towers
Angelica Rebecca Ryan
Medoro Christopher Ainslie
Dorinda Joana Seara
Zoroastro Nicholas Warden



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