Francesca Caccini came of age at the Medici court in Florence during the earliest years of opera as an art form. Both a composer and a performer, Caccini was one of the most important musical figures at court, and in 1625 she created the first opera by a woman composer, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.
Alcina is a gorgeous entertainment, full of wit, magic, and drama, with a demanding title role first sung by the composer herself. At the center of a struggle of illusion and destiny, the sorceress Alcina stands between the valiant magician Melissa and her quest to save the warrior Ruggiero.
Shannon Mercer, Alcina
Colin Balzer, Ruggiero
Kelsey Lauritano, Melissa