Alcina is a Realization of Sublime Beauty

Soprano Meghan Lindsay's portrayal of the title role had the richness needed to elevate the figure of 'Alcina' to the status given to the most tragic characters in the operatic repertoire. The power in her range quickly established the near omnipotent strength of the woman but with the colouring employed for 'Ah! mio cor!' began revealing the all too human fragility behind her facade of imperious strength. By the close of the production she'd made the figure the most completely sympathetic character in the opera, a point which may be the key to restoring Handel's sublime work to the status it deserves.