The great conductor William Christie brings us this work by Händel

The Liceu embodies the Baroque with a magic opera by Handel, under the expert, skilled baton of specialist in the Baroque repertoire William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants, both conductor and musical ensemble making their debut in the Liceu. Adapted from Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Ariodante is one of the German composer’s “magic operas”, and the first he composed for London’s new Covent Garden. This is a new opportunity to rediscover a heroic opera, where love, heroism and passion come together in some of the greatest da capo arias written by Handel. The Liceu welcomes French-American conductor William Christie and his usual ensemble, in a repertoire of which he is an undisputed master, and with the distinctive hallmark of Les Arts Florissants, whose musicians play period instruments.


Opera in three acts. Libretto by Antonio Salvi. World premiere: 08/01/1735, Covent Garden of London. First staged in Barcelona: 15/05/2006, Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 28/05/2006. Total Liceu performances: 10.

Artistic profile

William Christie
Les Arts Florissants


King of ScotlandWilhelm Schwinghammer
GinevraChen Reiss
AriodanteKate Lindsey
LurcanioRainer Trost
DalindaHila Fahima
PolinessoChristophe Dumaux
OdoardoAnthony Gregory


March 2018

14Wednesday20:00Turn PAFee 9

First part 90m
Interval 30m
Second part 80m

Approximate running time 3h 25m

Reasons why you need to see Ariodante

  • William Christie and Les Arts Florissants make their debut in the Liceu with one of Händel’s best operas.
  • The triumph of da capo arias in a magical, heroic opera.
  • A composition by Händel based on one of the great works of medieval literature: Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto.
  • The Liceu embodies the Baroque.