Running Time (Estimated): Four hours including two intermissions On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.
NEW COC PRODUCTION AND PREMIERE
One of Handel’s most radiantly beautiful scores echoes myriad emotions in this story of love, honour, and deception. Alice Coote and Jane Archibald—two COC favourites—return to head a dream Baroque cast, under the baton of Music Director Johannes Debus.What critics have to say about Ariodante:"… a major triumph. The decisions Jones has made to update and deepen the resonances of the opera work beautifully both to preserve the integrity of the original and add to it touches and textures that only a modern audience can appreciate.”“If you needed one example to demonstrate why modern staging and perfectly realized music from the past need each other, this was it.” — Globe and Mail“Musically, this was a gift for the senses backed by COC’s music director Johannes Debus at his best. Coote’s coloratura injected a complex depth to her character that would have broken this opera very quickly in lesser hands. Opinions will surely be divided, but with a show as dramatically complex as this was, it is also exactly why it is so deliciously interesting." — Toronto Star“Handel’s gorgeous melodies and a sharp directorial vision combine for great theatre... In director Richard Jones’s impressive production, [Ariodante] becomes a powerful statement about conservatism, blind love, slut-shaming and the search for self-definition.” — NOW Magazine Co-production with Féstival d’Aix-en-Provence; Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; and Lyric Opera of Chicago
With the COC Orchestra and Chorus
Scene from Ariodante (COC, 2016), photo: Michael Cooper