Programme Notes

One of Handel’s finest operas, Ariodante takes us to the remote Scottish Highlands where Polinesso’s ruthless desire for power crushes all in his path. This concert performance of Ariodante, accompanied by the acclaimed Irish Baroque Orchestra and conducted by early music specialist Christian Curnyn, is presented in St. Patrick’s Cathedral as part of the second MusicTown Festival.

Ginevra, daughter of the King of Scotland, is happily betrothed to Ariodante, but ambitious Polinesso plots to trap the princess into marriage and win the throne for himself. He tricks Ariodante into thinking Ginerva is unfaithful, and once she is falsely accused of infidelity, her father disowns her. Believing Ariodante dead, and finding herself at the mercy of Polinesso, Ginevra is heartbroken. But then allegiances change, conspiracies are uncovered and lies revealed.

Handel’s gorgeous music brings the urgency of this dramatic and emotional tale vividly to life. Ariodante features mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty (OTC OPERA HUB) in the title role, and other singers include Irish soprano Majella Cullagh as Ginerva, grammy award winning Welsh contralto Hilary Summers as Polinesso, Kim Sheehan as Dalinda and Argentinian tenor Francisco Brito as Ariodante’s brother Lurcanio.

Concert Dates and Venues

15 April 2016, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin


Handel: Ariodante