Alcina works her magic

From left, Setsoane Jeannette Ntseki as Morgana, Ané Pretorius as Alcina, and Megan Kahts as Ruggiero. PICTURE: Annène van Eeden

Cape Town Opera and UCT Opera School are joining forces to present Alcina at the Artscape from Saturday November 12 to Wednesday November 16.

George Frideric Handel’s Alcina is set on a magical island where the powerful sorceress Alcina lives with her sister Morgana. She enchants and seduces any man who dares to set foot on her island and then transforms them into wild animals, plants or stones once she is tired of them. A brave heroine by the name of Bradamante travels to the island disguised as a man, in an attempt to rescue her bewitched fiancé Ruggiero. After numerous twists and turns over three acts, all is resolved and true love conquers witchcraft as Alcina’s spells are broken.

The production is guest directed by Matthew Wild and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Jeremy Silver.

Tickets cost from R100 to R340 through Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.