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Washington National Opera: Alcina

Welcome to the island of illusions. Peer beyond the palms to discover the beautiful Alcina, a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction. Her passion burns red hot--until she tires of her conquests and turns them into wild beasts or stone. When dashing knight Ruggiero succumbs to this femme fatale's dangerous charms, his fiancée Bradamante takes on a daring disguise to free her betrothed and break the curse. But is Alcina finally falling for the man of her dreams? In this cruel paradise, can anyone tell what's real? This exciting new WNO production is our first-ever staging of Handel's masterful baroque opera, crafted at the pinnacle of his creativity in the era of Ariodante and Messiah. Matched to the intimate acoustics of the Eisenhower Theater, Alcina harkens to the magnificent tradition of grand Handelian singing, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every sumptuous role. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to fall under the spell of one of opera's brightest jewels, rarely performed until the perfect cast makes it well worth the wait!