On the third night of Laetitia’s Santa Fe Opera tour, the production was Handel’s Alcina. It premiered at Covent Garden in London in 1735. It’s a tale of sorcery and faithless love. As is common with eighteenth century operas, it has beautiful music but not much action. It has trouser roles (women playing male parts) one of which was written for a castrato, which were common in Handel’s day. This was a French production livened by acrobats, sight gags, and shadow play.
Alcina done at Santa Fe
With acrobats and shadow play
And its magical lands
And sorceress red hands
Is a treat for the opera gourmet.