An evening of debuts, this Saturday 24 February sees Dame Sarah Connolly’s debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in the title role of a new production of Handel’s Ariodante by David McVicar, performed for the very first time at the Staatsoper. The performances are conducted by William Christie.
Sarah has previously sung the role to critical acclaim in the Richard Jones production at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Dutch National Opera, as well as the David Alden production at English National Opera. Critics unanimously praised her “compelling portrait of the stricken lover – her “Doppo notte”, when the veil of darkness is lifted and Ariodante sees the light of day, was an exhilarating outpouring of joy, its rangy syncopations thrillingly sung.” (Opera, April 2016)
There are five performances which take place between 24 February and 8 March. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Wiener Staatsoper website.
The performance on Sunday 4 March will be streamed live at staatsoperlive.com, at 5.30pm Vienna / 4.30pm London time.
Still to come this season, Sarah will sing the Mahler 8 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and will return to the Glyndebourne Festival to sing the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in David McVicar’s iconic production, conducted by Bill Christie. This production was released on DVD in 2013 (Giulio Cesare – Handel (Glyndebourne Festival)) with Sarah in the title role, Angelika Kirchschlager as Sesto and Christopher Maltman as Achilla.