In Alcina’s title role, soprano Meghan Lindsay summons a sorceress of enormous complexity. Graced with a bright, limpid instrument, luscious timbre and superb technique, Lindsay reaches deep into her character to craft a performance bursting with paradox. Enticing and formidable, imperious and pitiable, this is an Alcina ambushed by love, lost in an emotional wilderness with no way out. Magic provides no release. Lindsay stretches anguish beyond the breaking point, singing with shattering intensity and beauty. Her Alcina’s searing cry of pain on learning she has been abandoned, Handel’s gripping twelve-minute plaint, Ah! mio cor! (“Ah! My heart!”), is extraordinary.