Alcina, magical creature inside and out

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Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemian oopperaopiskelijat, orkesteri ja kuoro esittävät huhtikuussa oman tulkintansa G.F. Händelin oopperasta Alcina. Jokainen opiskelija on perehtynyt oman roolihahmojensa taustoihin ja esittee ne Liisamaija Hautsalon ohjauksessa laadituissa blogikirjoituksissa. Kehittelimme myös kaikille roolihahmoille oman mottolauseen. Réka Bata kirjoittaa roolihahmostaan Alcinasta.

Alcina, the main charcter of G.F Handel’s opera with the same name, is a sorceress, the queen of her own island. She used to enjoy turning men into rocks, beasts, and other kinds of objects or animals. Now Alcina is in love with Ruggiero, who is under her spell. She keeps on “fighting” for him, but does not understand that true love comes from the heart, not from a spell. Or does she? Either Alcina is desperate due to past heartbreak and seeking for true love in the wrong way, or she is simply a cruel woman. I’d like to believe in the first statement, and I’d like to believe that if there was a continuation for the sequel, she’d eventually find her significant other.

I think that some part of her is so miserable that she generally hates all men (until she finds “the one”), and that is why she kept transforming them into different inanimate and animate objects. Since she is a magician, she probably knows a lot about the universe and energies, and her source of power is not from any god.

To me, when she mentions stars, gods, heavens, etc, that she means the energy of the cosmos/universe. My Alcina does not pledge anything to religions, and believes in free exercise of belief.

In my opinion, Alcina loves her sister, as her only remaining known family member in this story, but she wouldn’t ever resign from her control and her status as queen, not even for family’s sake. Maybe the only exception would be for her true love. I could imagine that Oronte would be a good partner for her, or maybe another magician. She has captured “weak” persons who fell under her spell quickly in the past, so she needs someone powerful and charming in her life, someone who can unleash her more vulnerable side to find peace, someone she can feel safe with.

Motto: “Can´t promise you won´t get wild with my sight…”

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Mitä tapahtuu G.F. Händelin Alcinassa?

Ritari Melisso ja mieheksi naamioitunut Bradamante lähtevät pelastamaan Bradamanten rakastettua, Ruggieroa, jonka velho Alcina on vanginnut lumotulle saarelleen. Saarella asuu myös Alcinan sisar ja Oronten rakastettu, velho Morgana. Pelastajien saapuminen aiheuttaa mustasukkaisuutta parin välille, sillä Morgana rakastuu naamioituneeseen Bradamanteen. Bradamante vapauttaa Ruggieron Alcinan lumouksesta, ja lopulta kaikki Alcinan metsänpedoiksi ja kiviksi loihtimat miehet saavat takaisin ihmismuotonsa. Alcina ja Morgana näyttävät haihtuvan savuna ilmaan.

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G.F.Händel: Alcina

Sibelius-Akatemian ooppera, orkesteri ja kuoro
Vilppu Kiljunen, ohjaus
I-Han Fu ja Sebastian Zinca, musiikinjohto
Jari Koivistoinen, kuoronjohto
Minna Kangas, orkesterin valmennus ja konserttimestari
Aapo Häkkinen, musiikillinen asiantuntija
AALTO Artsin opiskelijat; Riikka Mäntymaa, Csilla Szlovák ja Elina Ström, Sofia Pantouvakin johdolla, pukusuunnittelu
Tuija Luukkainen, maskeeraussuunnittelu
Sirje Ruohtula, valo- ja tilasuunnittelu

Rooleissa

Alcina: Réka Bata
Morgana: Minna-Leena Lahti
Ruggiero: Rachel McIntosh
Bradamante: Ricciardo Isabella Shaw
Oronte: Topias Lundell
Melisso: Jussi Vänttinen / Henri Tikkanen

Esitykset

Pe 5.4. 18.30
La 6.4. 16.00
Su 7.4. 16.00
Ti 9.4. 18.30
Sonore, Musiikkitalo

Ma 15.4. klo 18.30
Sibelius-sali, Järvenpää-talo, Hallintokatu 4, Järvenpää