It is with deep regret that Joyce DiDonato has announced that she will not be able to participate in the European performances of Ariodante with Harry Bicket and The English Concert due to a medical procedure. She is immensely sorry to disappoint her fans and admirers but is hugely grateful to the wonderful Alice Coote for stepping in for the European concerts, and to Harry Bicket and The English Concert for their support and understanding. Joyce is looking forward to singing the American tour dates.
The Barbican and The English Concert wish Joyce DiDonato a speedy recovery and are most grateful to the leading British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote for stepping in at such short notice. Alice Coote has been a close friend of The English Concert and Harry Bicket for many years. She has recorded three arias from Ariodante with the orchestra on her Handel Arias disc for Hyperion and has sung the roles of Ruggiero (Alcina) and Dejanira (Hercules) with the ensemble on tour in the 2014/15 season. They will also re team with a production at Chicago’s Lyric Opera in 2019.
*** The English Concert returns in Handel’s 1735 drama of love, vengeance and deceit in medieval Scotland.
With a virtuoso cast, supported by a period-instrument orchestra that plays Handel with a freshness and verve that make you understand why Ariodante took Georgian London by storm, Handel’s opera doesn’t shine much more brightly than this.
Programme & Performers
HandelAriodante (concert performance)
The English Concert Harry Bicket conductor Alice Coote Ariodante Christiane Karg Ginevra Mary Bevan Dalinda* Sonia Prina Polinesso David Portillo Lurcanio Matthew Brook King of Scotland Bradley Smith Odoardo
*Unfortunately, Joélle Harvey has been forced to withdraw from the performance of Ariodante due to ill health. We are grateful to Mary Bevan for stepping in at short notice to sing the role of Dalinda.