Alcina wins the 2023 Olivier award for Best New Opera Production!
|Melisso||José Coca Loza|
|Oberto||Malakai M Bayoh - 8, 14, 22|
|Oberto||Rafael Flutter - 10, 18, 26|
No one can resist Alcina: she has lured many lovers to their demise. But when Ruggiero falls under her spell, his fiancée Bradamante dons a disguise that will leave everyone questioning whether, in an age of reason, love can conquer all. Friend or foe? Wife or husband? Lover or beast? On Alcina’s magic island, nothing is as it seems.
Wild fantasies and dark desires come to life in Richard Jones’s intoxicating new staging of Handel’s fantastical opera. The magnificent Lisette Oropesa returns to Covent Garden in the title role, joining a stunning international cast.
Alcina wins the 2023 Olivier award for Best New Opera Production!
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The role of Alcina is taken by the Cuban–American soprano Lisette Oropesa, whose starring roles at Covent Garden have included a highly acclaimed Violetta in La Traviata. She here embodies both the sexual allure and the emotional fragility of the character –Handel’s psychological acuity seems so modern – and her singing is no less dazzlingly brilliant, with some stratospheric decoration.— Barry Millington • Evening Standard
But the real value in this Alcina lies in the performances. Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa is brilliant as Alcina, using her narcissism to her bewitch and manipulate. Oropesa has a luminescent tone, control and technique that allows her to pivot between seductiveness and the anger of in Ah! Ruggeiro crudel— Adrian York • London Unattached
In a mostly international cast, Lisette Oropesa inhabited the title role with enormous style, her creamy tone absolutely suits the part.— Martin Kettle • The Guardian
American soprano Lisette Oropesa delivers the star quality here as Alcina, conjuring an insouciant sense of superiority for the glittering enchantress, and singing with a high-class, diamantine soprano that never loses its quality. The intensity of her later arias comes across at white heat.— Richard Fairman • Financial Times
Lisette Oropesa voice has that infallible ping and reach from the start, as she wields her brand perfume...The emotional highlights – “Ah! mio cor” and “Ombre pallide” in Act Two – hit surprisingly hard.— David Nice • The Arts Desk
For the cast is itself a dream. As slinky Alcina, in a desirable range of LBDs, is the superstar Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa, strutting in her Laboutins as confidently as she soars and swoops through aria after aria with breathtaking ease, every note shot through with colour and personality from the big belter to the faltering whisper.Oropesa was heard last season in two Verdi roles, as innocent Gilda in Rigoletto and worldly Violetta in La Traviata. There seems to be no end to her talents.— Claudia Pritchard • Culture Whisper
In a largely worldwide solid, Lisette Oropesa inhabited the title position with monumental style, her creamy tone completely fits the half.— Pehal News Team • Pehal News
When an opera has a plot as convoluted and comprehensively daft as Handel’s Alcina, one’s enjoyment depends principally on one thing: how well can the singers sell me their text? Can they take me out of the general state of battiness and transport me to a place where I truly believe the love, the rage or the fear? In the case of Lisette Oropesa, the answer is a resounding “yes”: if I were an Eskimo and Oropesa was selling fridges, I’d be at the front of the queue!
Leaving aside Oropesa’s technical excellence, it’s the emotional investment that got me every time. Her opening aria “Di', cor mio, quanto t'amai” lifted me far away to a happy land of romance. “Ombre pallide”, the Act 2 closer, had me melting with sympathy – despite this being an evil sorceress complaining to the dark spirits about the loss of her powers.
Oropesa sets the bar so high that you have to feel a level of sympathy for anyone sharing a stage with her— David Karlin • Bachtrack
La compagnia di canto si dimostra complessivamente all’altezza. Su tutti domina lei, la star Lisette Oropesa che ha illuminato la serata con una prova di valore per controllo della vocalità e qualità dell’esecuzione. Nessun segno di insicurezza, nessun nervosismo legato al debutto in un ruolo chiave del repertorio barocco, un repertorio che Oropesa sta esplorando con successo e che ci auguriamo possa mantenere ed espandere con sempre più consapevolezza stilistica. Certo Alcina è storicamente associato a soprani con un certo spessore vocale (Sutherland in primis), ma non sono mancate interpreti più leggere in tempi più recenti. Oropesa ha tutta l’estensione per il ruolo, acuti e sovracuti che ci regala nelle variazioni (chissà cosa farebbe con “Tornami a vagheggiar” se l’aria venisse riaffidata al personaggio di Alcina) oltre a bei centri su cui fa leva nei recitativi o nei salti. Lega con gusto, trilla in modo fenomenale e si muove attraverso le zone del pentagramma con facilità e su fiati ben controllati. Coglie poi l’evoluzione del personaggio da maga-seduttrice a donna ferita. Le sue due arie del secondo atto rubano la scena. È dolente in “Ah, mio cor!” e spiritata ma senza effetti nevrastenici in “Ah! Ruggiero crudel…Ombre pallide”, dove tra l’altro sfoggia agilità sciorinate con grande fluidità. Scatena poi tutto il suo furore e i suoi toni vendicativi con una resa di “Ma quando tornerai” musicalmente travolgente. In “Mi restano le lagrime” Oropesa rende poi bene in musica la vulnerabilità di una donna che sa di aver perso i suoi poteri.— Pietro Dall'Aglio • Conessi all'Opera
Lisette Oropesa is stunning in the title role as her gorgeous soprano proves particularly adept at capturing the fear and sorrow Alcina feels as her power wanes and forces move against her.— Sam Smith • Opera Online
Lisetta Oropesa was a magnetic Alcina, relishing the challenges of the role. When the going got tough at the end of Act Two, she responded superbly, giving us a profoundly moving 'Ah, mio cor' and providing vivid theatrical drama in her failed invocation to the spirits. Any production of Alcina requires a title role who can cope with the technical demands and give us theatrical bravura; Oropesa did this brilliantly, whilst rocking a pair of ridiculous heels. Who was this Alcina? We never quite worked that out. She was dressed glamorously, perhaps as some sort of lounge-singer. But as a person, Oropesa made us care for her as her world fell apart.— Robert Hugill • Planet Hugill
Leading the cast is Lisette Oropesa as a refreshingly youthful Alcina. Her bright, supple soprano has a touch of Callas about it, and she’s especially ravishing in the upper register. The transformation from ditzy playgirl to abandoned lover is beautifully charted and she’s viscerally engaging in the ferocious “Ah! mio cor schernito sei!” and the anguished strains of “Ombre pallide.”— Clive Paget • Musical America
As the sorceress herself, Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa made a welcome return to the House, having wowed audiences last season as a sensational Violetta in La Traviata. Here, she moulded Handel’s vocal lines with care, and invested each of her arias with a rare sense of emotion – ‘Di’, cor mio, quanto t’amai’ was infused with Mediterranean warmth, while ‘Ombre pallide’ tugged at the heartstrings. As expected, her coloratura was technically faultless throughout and she embodied Jones’ vision of the character, bold and sassy at the start, yet tinged with sadness by the close, to perfection.— Keith McDonnell • Music OMH
Lisette has given 6 performances as Alcina.