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Premiere February 5, 2011

Opera. Agneta Eichenholz, Katarina Karnéus, Ida Falk Winland and Ann-Kristin Jones. Handel’s magical baroque opera is a unique celebration of song.

Opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel.

”An enchanting opera event" Göteborgsposten Anders Andersson
”An amazing performance of Handel's Alcina." Göteborgsposten
”An unparalleled celebration of song." Dagens Nyheter
”An incredibly well-selected ensemble. " Dagens Nyheter
”A magnificent operatic performance." Sveriges Radio Cultural News
”Fantastic stage design and an excellent orchestra." Sveriges Radio Cultural News
”The ensemble shows off the best of Sweden". Göteborgs-tidningen/Expressen
”Dynamic, precise and very much alive." Göteborgs-tidningen/Expressen

When The Göteborg Opera produced its first baroque opera, Handel’s Julius Caesar, it was such a success that engaging the conductor and baroque expert Laurence Cummings for another production was a natural next step. Alcina is generally seen to be Handel’s most mature and perfect opera, in addition to being a spectacular celebration of song. The opera is centred on the beautiful sorceress Alcina, who seduces all men she sees and then transforms them into stones and trees when she tires of them. When Ruggiero ends up on her island he too falls madly in love with Alcina. His fiancée Bradamante manages to find him and uses all her deviousness to save him from the grips of the beautiful seductress.

Watch a movie from the perfromance.

To follow the modern production trends within baroque opera, we have chosen Yannis Houvardas as director. He last performed at The Göteborg Opera with Parsifal and The Woman Without a Shadow. With a production team consisting of Lars-Åke Thessman, Karin Erskine and Torkel Blomkvist he has chosen to produce Alcina as an intimate chamber drama.

Agneta Eichenholz, in her first opera performance at The Göteborg Opera, sings the title role. She is already well-known on the international arena after her debut as Lulu at Covent Garden in London. As her lover Ruggiero we see Katarina Karnéus, who is also famous abroad and who is loved by the Gothenburg audience since her performance as Octavian in The Knight of the Rose. Ida Falk Winland achieved Swedish fame with her performance as Cleopatra in The Göteborg Opera production of Julius Caesar and Ann-Kristin Jones was nominated for the Opera magazine’s award for her performance as Sextus in the same production. Both play a role in this production.

Agneta Eichenholz, soloist
Agneta Eichenholz, soloist

Watch pictures from the performance.

The love triangles in Alcina.

( In Swedish.)

Alcina (Agneta Eichenholz) Foto: Mats Bäcker
Alcina (Agneta Eichenholz)
Ruggiero (Katarina Karnéus) Foto: Mats Bäcker
Ruggiero (Katarina Karnéus)
Morgana (Ida Falk Winland) Foto: Mats Bäcker
Morgana (Ida Falk Winland)
Bradamante (Ann-Kristin Jones) Foto: Mats Bäcker
Bradamante (Ann-Kristin Jones)
Oronte (Martin Vanberg) Foto: Mats Bäcker
Oronte (Martin Vanberg)
Melisso (Åke Zetterström) Foto: Mats Bäcker
Melisso (Åke Zetterström)

Costume design sketches by Karin Erskine.

Costume design sketches by Karin Erskine.
Costume design sketches by Karin Erskine.
Costume design sketches by Karin Erskine.
Costume design sketches by Karin Erskine.

Set design sketches.


  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2010/2011
  • premiere: 5 Feb 2011
  • Last show: 16 Apr 2011
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: Aprox. 3 tim and 40 min incl. pause


Conductor   Laurence Cummings
Director   Yannis Houvardas
Set design   Lars-Åke Thessman
Costume design   Karin Erskine
Light design   Torkel Blomkvist

Role list

Alcina   Agneta Eichenholz
Ruggiero   Katarina Karnéus
Morgana   Ida Falk Winland
Bradamante   Ann-Kristin Jones
Oronte   Martin Vanberg
Melisso   Åke Zetterström
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra


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