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Händel Ariodante

The 03 November 2022
Palau de la Música - Barcelona

Händel : Ariodante

  • Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Conductor
    George Petrou
  • Director
    Concert Version
  • Performers
    Ariodante: Franco Fagioli
    Ginevra: Mélissa Petit
    Polinesso: Luciana Mancini
    Dalinda: Sarah Gilford
    Il Rè di Scozia: Alex Rosen
    Lurcanio: Nicholas Phan
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Palau de la Música - Barcelona Location C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6 - 08003 Barcelona Espagne

The architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner is the father of Catalonian "Modernismo," and the Palau de la Music a Catalana is his masterpiece. Together with Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner is a representative of the mixture of nationalism and unbridled invention that characterizes turn-of-the-century art in Barcelona, the equivalent of, for example, the French and Belgian "Art Nouveau", the Austrian "Jugendstil" and the English "Modern Style".

In 1891, Lluis Millet and Amadeu Vives founded the Orfeô Català, a chorale that performs both the Catalonian popular repertoire and serious polyphonic music. The succès of the chorale was such that they asked Domenech i Montaner to design office space and a concert hall for them. Up to this day, the Palau, inaugurated in 1908, has marked Barcelonas musical history. Amidst the building's coloured mosaics and its countless floral motifs, the Catalomans came legion to hear their Orfeö perform Bach's ST. MATTHEW PASSION (Catalonian premiere in 1921) and Beethoven's MISSA SOLEMNIS (performed to commemorate the centennial of his death in 1927). To mark these events, sculptures and bus reliefs were added to the already exuberant decoration. In the building's smaller chamber music theatre, as well as in the larger 2000-seat hall, with its luminous and extravagant glass ceiling in the form of an inverted coupola, the century's most prestigious artists have come to perform.

In 1921, for example, during the famous performance of Bach's PASSION, Albert Schweitzer played the German organ that is part of the hall's hemicycle (unfortunately, this organ has been abandoned since being poorly restored in 1973). Much to the architect's credit, the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan's baton, as well as artists such as Rubinstein, Oistrakh, and Menuhin, not to mention the famous Catalonian singers Montserrat Caballé and Victoria de Los Angeles (locally called "dels Angels"), have kept alive this extraordinary edifice, that could be visited as a museum.

Declared a historical monument in 1971. the Palau was restored and extended between 1982 and 1989. In 1991-92, Orfeö Catalä's centennial celebrations, Barcelona again established its position amongst the world's major theatres, for Giulini, Temirkanov, Colin Davis, Muti, Mehta, Barenboim, and several others came here to conduct the Philadelphia, Leningrad, Berlin, Montreal, Dresden and London symphony orchestras.

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One of the most dramatic operas written by George Frederic Händel, this opera tells a dramatic story of love and jealousy in the court of the King of Scotland. First performed in 1735, long after the German born composer arrived in England to provide Italian opera for the noble classes in 1712, this is one of the great rediscovered works of the baroque period.
Despite being popular with the Royal Family in England and performed eleven times in its first season of 1735, the opera fell out of favour and was lost until the 1960s.


The opera opens with news of our hero's future marriage to the daughter of the King of Scotland, Ginevra. Enraged with jealousy, Polinesso begins a rumour that he is the lover of Ginevra and begins his own plot to marry the princess in place of her betrothed. The opera was written with ballet sequences planned throughout each performance.

Act 1

Princess Ginevra is preparing herself to meet her betrothed and ask her father, the King of Scotland for permission to get married. In her chambers, Polinesso enters and declares his love for Ginevra, he is rebuffed and leaves unhappily. Polinesso then hatches a plot with Ginevra's friend, Dalinda to discredit Ginevra by making it appear as though she and Polinesso are having an affair. Dalinda agrees under the impression she will be allowed to marry Polinesso.

Act 2

Outside the rooms of Ginevra, Polinesso meets the future husband of the princess and acts shocked at news of their marriage before stating he is her lover. To prove his allegations, Polinesso is greeted by Dalinda disguised as Ginevra and enters her chambers for the night. In a fit of jealousy, Ginevra's future husband attempts suicide, but is rescued by his brother, Lurcanio.

Act 3

Polinesso's betrayals continue as he attempts to have Dalinda, the only witness to his crimes killed. Dalinda is rescued from her assassins by Ginevra's unhappy fiance, who is then told of the plot hatched by Polinesso by Dalinda. Back at the court of the King of Scotland, polinesso confesses his supposed infidelity with Ginevra to the King and offers to act as her champion in a forthcoming joust. The King orders Ginevra be arrested and Polinesso fight for her honour at that days joust, Lurcanio swears revenge for the apparent suicide of his brother and challenges Polinesso to a fight. Mortally wounded by Lurcanio, Polinesso is taken to his death bed where he confesses his betrayal, prompting Ginevra to be pardoned from her sentence of death.



Ariodante, a Prince, Mezzo-Soprano castrato
Ginevra, a Princess, Soprano
Polinesso, Duke of Albany, Contralto
Dalinda, Ginevra's Attendant and Friend, Soprano
Lurcanio, a Prince, Tenor

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