[Not really a case of Mein lieber Hippolyte, but rather one of wo Sie mich da hat – oh, look, a chaise, must be “Alcina”. – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Alcina) and Mary-Ellen Nesi (Ruggiero) in Handel’s “Alcina”, Athens/Epidaurus Festival 2019. – Photo Credit: Thomas Daskalakis /ndp]
Upon closer look, though, the Act 1 would end quite differently in this, since Nesi has sung enough smashing military heroes that her Octavian would likely win a duel against both the Feldmarschall and Ochs.
The Athens “Alcina” has come and gone in the meantime, to acclaim, and I still wish I would have been able to attend, for both the work and the leads (and also for the Brettamante and Morganiesza combination, but that’s a far, far aside). There is considerable footage on the festival page, two brief video snippets via Armonia Atenea on FB, and of course various of the cast have taken to FB and Insta with rehearsal footage.
More “Alcina” is always a good thing. I hope to catch the next one in my vicinity, wherever that will be.