Prince Ariodante

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(Handel: Ariodante). Mez. Travesti role (originally castrato). He is in love with Ginevra, the King of Scotland's daughter. Falsely convinced by Polinesso of her betrayal, he pretends to be dead, but the dying Polinesso confesses the truth and Ariodante and Ginevra prepare for their wedding. Aria: Dopo notte (‘After night’). Recent famous interpreters of the role include Janet Baker, Ann Murray, and Sarah Connolly. Created (1735) by Giovanni Carestini (castrato).

Subjects: Opera.

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