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Handel's Alcina, Barbican | reviews, news & interviews

Handel's Alcina, Barbican

Handel's Alcina, Barbican

An unforgettable night for lovers of the Baroque - and the jumpsuit

The bizarrely brilliant Bulgarian mezzo Vesselina Kasarova stole the show
Classical music does not get any cooler than mezzo Vesselina Kasarova. She jived. She grooved. She shuffled. She shimmied. She possessed the Barbican stage last night, an awesome black jumpsuit hanging off her rangy, kinetic figure, her neck sliding about like an Indian dancer's, her feet (in kitten heels) spinning like a jazzer's, her bullying arms posturing and prodding, her mouth flashing its whites like a primate's. Her voice? Extraordinarily weird, moving, honest, explosive. Her Sta nell'Ircana was a theatrical moment of the year.

Echoing the madness is Minkowski's impeccable orchestra, looping its way round and round with a Purcellian intensity

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