Music by George Frideric Handel

Libretto by Riccardo Broschi

This was a semi-staged concert of Handel's opera Alcina, mounted for one night only at St John's Smith Square for the London Handel Festival on 22nd January 2019. The arias were sung in Italian while June Chichester's English text was narrated by Joanna Lumley.

La Nuova Musica was conducted by David Bates.

Creative Team

Conductor David Bates
Director John Caird
English Trext June Chichester


Alcina Lucy Crowe
Ruggiero Patrick Terry
Morgana Rebecca Bottone
Bradamante Madeleine Shaw
Oronte Christopher Turner
Melisso William Berger
Narrator Joanna Lumley

La Nuova Musica

Director & Harpsichord David Bates
Violin I Anaïs Chen (Leader), Julia Black, Davina Clarke, Simone Pirri
Violin II Eizabeth McCarthy, Alice Evans, George Clifford, Alice Poppleton
Viola Jane Rodgers, Jordan Bowron
Cello John Myerscough, Gavin Kibble
Double Bass Judith Evans
Harpsichord & Organ Joseph McHardy
Oboe Lesley Duarte, Sarah Humphreys
Bassoon Joe Qiu
Horn Anneke Scott, Joseph Walters