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Handel's Ariodante is a celebration of faith and conjugal love, which triumphs despite the intrigues and the lies of envious schemers. The Christian knight Ariodante comes back to Scotland after a Crusade to marry Ginevra, the only daughter of the King, and to inherit the kingdom. Ariodante loses his mind at the news and tries to commit suicide, until the plot is unravelled and love triumphs in the end. All the characters were always on stage, whether they were singing or not, fairly static, moving like puppets, twirling their hands, not interacting.
She has a long-standing relationship with the historical stage and last sang here at a concert in The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra will be performing the opera on period instruments under the direction of the celebrated British conductor Ian Page, and on stage international opera stars will be accompanied by four dancers. Exploiting the unique environment of the theatre, the creative team takes the audience on a journey in which the baroque facade is slowly peeled away to expose the theatre to the contemporary world. Ann Hallenberg is an illustrious international opera star but still something of an unknown quantity in Swedish cultural circles. It is a work of sublime baroque music with a plot centred on life and death.