Opera del West presents Handel’s Alcina

Sunday August 13, 2017
2:00pm
$25 public | $20 members

Magic spells, mistaken identities, romantic obsessions, missing loved ones, and illusions shattered by truth comprise the landscape of the enchanted island belonging to the sister sorceresses, Alcina and Morgana. Opera del West is constantly looking for new ways to excite its audiences, and this summer is their first foray into Baroque opera – Handel’s Alcina. This is Handel’s 30th opera, premiering at Covent Garden in April 1735. If you enjoy the complex melodies of Handel's Messiah, and want to see how Handel combines this florid music with gorgeous love stories, this is the opera for you. The Boston music scene is filled with a wealth of talented early music singers, and many of them have been cast for this production. The work will be sung in Italian with English Supertitles, and will include dance performed and choreographed by the Boston-based dance-theatre company “Paradise Lost”. Staging by Rebecca Miller with Musical Direction by Eve Budnick.

About Opera del West

Founded in 2006 by musical director Eve Budnick and Rebecca Grimes, Opera del West is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to its mission of producing fully staged operas to the audiences of MetroWest Boston at The Center for Arts in Natick. Past productions have included Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, Menotti's The Old Maid and Amelia Goes to the Ball, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Humberdinck's Hansel und Gretel and Little Women by Mark Adamo. Opera del West recruits cast members from Boston's rich talent pool of classical singers, many of whom are graduates of Boston's top music schools and conservatories.

About Paradise Lost

Led by founding Artistic Director Tyler Catanella & Company Director Shannon Sweeny, Paradise Lost is a diverse collective of Boston artists that create dance theater from a process of collaboration and improvisation. Our unique choreographic style fuses acting and dance technique, and values honesty above all else. Collective members share the power and positivity that dance gives us to change lives as much as it does to transform bodies. Paradise Lost fosters an open community through fun and easily-accessible improvisational events called “Movement SLAMs” that require neither dance training nor technique.