Pittsburgh Opera presents first-ever Pittsburgh performances of Handel’s baroque opera Ariodante January 21–29, 2023
High Drama in the Scottish Highlands
Pittsburgh Opera continues its 2022–23 season with the first-ever Pittsburgh performances of Handel’s baroque opera Ariodante, January 21-29, 2023 at the Pittsburgh CAPA Theater.
Set in Medieval Scotland, Ariodante tells a tale of love, jealousy, deception, and redemption.
Princess Ginevra, daughter of the King, loves and is betrothed to Prince Ariodante. Faithful to Ariodante, Ginevra rejects the advances of the vile Polinesso, who views Ginevra as a path to the throne.
Polinesso makes it appear that Ginevra has been unfaithful to Ariodante. Both Ariodante and the King fall for the ruse. Ariodante contemplates suicide, and the King not only condemns his daughter, but disowns her too.
Ginevra must clear her name and expose Polinesso’s treachery so that she and Ariodante can live happily ever after.
Pittsburgh Opera is pleased to partner with Chatham Baroque for Ariodante. Founded in 1990, Chatham Baroque continues to excite local, national, and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of 17th- and 18th-century music played on authentic period instruments.
Tickets for adults start at $52; tickets for kids and teens ages 6–18 are half-price. English supertitles are projected above the stage.
Where: Pittsburgh CAPA School Theater, 111 9th Street, downtown Pittsburgh
- Saturday, January 21, 2023 * 8:00 PM
- Tuesday, January 24, 2023 * 7:00 PM
- Friday, January 27, 2023 * 7:30 PM
- Sunday, January 29, 2023 * 2:00 PM
Run Time: Currently anticipated to be under 2 hrs. 15 mins, including one intermission
Language: Sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage
Full Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:00 PM, at CAPA Theater
Please contact Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 412-281-0912 ext. 217 for reservations
- Ariodante was first performed in the Covent Garden Theatre, London, on January 8th, 1735. Its first run included eleven performances. After additional London performances in 1736, it was not performed again until 1926, in Stuttgart.
- Of the 42 operas Handel composed, Ariodante is the only one set in the United Kingdom.
- Ariodante is one of three Handel operas that are based on episodes from Ariosto's great epic poem Orlando furioso, which dates back to 1516. The other two are Alcina, which Pittsburgh Opera performed in February 2020, and Orlando.
Tickets for adults start at $52; tickets for kids and teens ages 6–18 are half-price.
Tickets as part of a subscription package are available at pittsburghopera.org/subscribe.
Pittsburgh Opera patrons can purchase their tickets with confidence, even if they have residual concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Pittsburgh Opera is continuing its no-hassle refund policy for all 2022–23 operas. Pittsburgh Opera will offer full refunds for any patrons who notify us that they need to cancel their tickets at least one hour prior to their performance start time.
Pittsburgh Opera is committed to making opera accessible to all groups by providing great discounts and special benefits to group ticketholders. A group at Pittsburgh Opera can be as few as 6 people! In addition, college and university students, faculty, and staff are eligible for our Cheap Seats program – see pittsburghopera.org/CheapSeats for details. For more information about group ticket services and discounts, contact Wendy Parkulo at (412) 281-0912, ext. 213 or via email.
PNC is the 2022–23 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor.
WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor.
Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center is the Tuesday performance and ‘Meet the Artists’ post-show event sponsor.
These performances are sponsored in part by The Gailliot Fund.