FYI: Opera spotlights Handel’s Alcina

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The FYI: Opera program on Wednesday, October 8, features four talented voices from three countries, who will present an enticing menu of music created by George Frideric Handel almost three centuries ago.

David Bamberger, Artistic Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will narrate the convoluted tale of love that Handel’s music relates and Music Director John Simmons will accompany the voice students at the piano. This exceptional music event takes place at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

The CIM voice students who will present this appetizer of Handel’s Alcina are Maria José Badano of Uruguay singing the title role of Alcina and Huiyu Zhang of China as Bradamante, the heroic woman out to save her lover. Two Americans round out the cast, Rachel Kunce as Alcina’s somewhat wacky younger sister Morgana and Kevin Adamik as Morgana’s would-be lover Oronte.

The October 8 program is part of the FYI: Opera series which the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has sponsored for over a quarter of a century, offering the programs FREE to the public.  The FYI program offers an inviting sample of CIM’s fully costumed production of Alcina, which will be performed November 5 and 8 at CIM’s Kulas Hall in University Circle.  Information and tickets for CIM’s production are available at or call 216-795-3211.

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