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Orlando Plays Mad (2000)

Music: Antonio Vivaldi (Orlando finto pazzo)

An extraordinary trail of discovery leading via Newcastle, Venice and Turin to the enchanted garden of the sorceress-queen Ersilla, including a fully staged performance of the pivotal second act. Unforgettable music performed by the cream of period instrumentalists and singers, set within a blazingly theatrical production, this is the first time any of the piece has been seen or heard since 1714.

Director: Bill Bankes Jones

Conductor: Orlando Jopling

Orchestra led by: Catherine Martin

Designer: Tim Meacock

Lighting: Mark Doubleday

Singers:
Christopher Robson
Stephen Wallace
Arlene Rolph
Katherine Haataja
Louise Mott
Keel Watson
Emma Dogliani

“It was exciting theatre, giving us a glimpse of the immense possibilities of this vivid, magical opera. A cast pulsating with talent had been assembled – there were some brilliant performances and enchanting singing.”
Opera Now