Bienen Ensembles

Panel Discussion on Handel's Alcina

Part of the Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival

Friday, May 26, 2023 at 3:30pm CDT

Ryan Opera Theater

Baroque music specialist Dr. Alison C. DeSimone (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Director of Opera Joachim Schamberger, and Conducting and Ensembles senior lecturer Stephen Alltop, together with members of the Alcina cast, discuss Handel’s opera. Topics include Schamberger’s contemporary staging of the work, the importance of Alcina among Handel’s operatic compositions, and musical highlights of the production. 

Free Event

Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival

May 21-28 at the Bienen School of Music

About the Festival

The centerpieces of this year's Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival are Handel's Ode to St. Cecilia, a celebration of the art of music itself, and his opera Alcina, combining exquisite music with elements of magic and the supernatural. Distinguished featured guests include faculty violinist Carla Moore of the University of California, Berkeley, and guest scholar Alison C. DeSimone, who has written extensively on the intersections of music and theater in 18th-century England.

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Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater


Bienen School of Music
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this theater is a versatile space for intimate opera performances and recitals. Featuring double-height ceilings and expansive windows showcasing views of Lake Michigan, the room seats 163.