Ariodante – Handel

Amanda Holden’s lucid, poetic translation….

Opera in the language of the audience is a cause well-served by this…
Financial Times

This was the first Handel opera Amanda Holden translated for ENO. The production – a co-production with Welsh National Opera – was directed by David Alden and the first performances in 1993, starring Ann Murray, were conducted by Nicholas McGegan. The production has been revived several times – conductors have included Ivor Bolton and Harry Bicket; the title role has also been memorably sung by both Sarah Connolly and Alice Coote.

Aria – Cieca notte


Night of blindness, deceived perception,
Guileful garments, insane delusion,
All that’s good you would betray.

Foul suspicion, evil deception,
Odious friend, you wicked traitor,
All my joys you’ve snatched away.

See also: