Alcina at Santa Fe Opera

After performing Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Ms. van den Heever travels to the Santa Fe Opera to sing the title role in Handel’s Alcina. She made her Santa Fe debut in 2009 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and is delighted to perform again at this prestigious American summer festival. For this occasion Santa Fe has selected the production which was created at the Opéra National de Bordeaux by David Alden. Mr. Alden places the story in an abandoned theater, inspired by the architecture of the Bordeaux Opera House. Elza sang the title role at its 2012 premiere, where she was hailed as “the dominant vocal presence of the evening” (Opera News). In Santa Fe, Ms. van den Heever is joined by Anna Christy as Morgana, and Paula Murrihy as Ruggiero, with conductor Harry Bicket leading from the pit. Alcina premieres on July 29, with additional performances on August 2, 11, 17, and 23.