Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - HANDEL’s ‘ALCINA’
June 15, 2023
June 17, 2023
— opera featuring Tracy Dahl, Andriana Chuchman, Rihab Chaieb, Rose Naggar-Tremblay, and Nolan Kehler
Well, this is a first. The MCO and conductor Anne Manson, in collaboration with theatre director Geneviève Pelletier, are bringing an opera to Westminster Church’s stages. It’s going to incredible.
The opera is Handel’s Alcina (1735), a Medieval romance filled with enchantresses, knights, and lovers being transformed into beasts and rocks. Geneviève, one of Manitoba’s most imaginative directors, will bring these fantastical elements to life in this concert presentation. Alcina is glorious aria after aria featuring some of Handel’s finest melodies. Flashy, seductive, and heart-wrenching, these are arias practically written for world-class coloratura sopranos like Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman, who join mezzo soprano Rihab Chaieb at this concert. A newcomer to the MCO, Rihab is one of Canada’s rising stars of opera: a regular with Canadian Opera Company and Metropolitan Opera, acclaimed for her dramatic charm and rich, powerhouse vocals. As for Tracy and Andriana — what more can be said about them that hasn’t already? They are, without question, among North America’s top singers, and have appeared in leading roles at nearly every major opera house. What’s more, they have incredible synergy — together, they carry off the agile runs, trills, and leaps of the coloratura repertoire like graceful acrobats, and have forged a profound connection to Winnipeg.