With the kind support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Atalanta marked one of Handel’s greatest successes ever at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. The plot is based on a tale from antiquity: the marauding Calydonian boar was only killed after the bold huntress Atalanta, rather than one of the male heroes, wounded it with an arrow. Against this backdrop, newly invented love stories unfold in Handel’s Arcadian opera, which includes soul-stirring duets among its musical gems. For them, Michi Gaig, together with a young ensemble of soloists who were loudly acclaimed at the Austrian premiere and her renowned L’Orfeo Barockorchester, finds exactly the right tone.
This pastoral comedy is staged as a multimedia fairy tale: with modern video and computer animation technology, Arcadia becomes a magical amusement park in which Handel’s bucolic pastorale plays out as a cheeky romantic comedy on the trials and tribulations of love in the age of online dating and social media.