‘Ariodante’ Opens at Pittsburgh Opera; World of Wheels at David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Sat., 1/21/23)

 ARIODANTE (opera) by George Frideric Handel; librettist unknown. Pittsburgh Opera. January 21 – 29. 

The King (Evan Lazdowski) blesses two couples in Pittsburgh Opera's 'Ariodante.'

The King (Evan Lazdowski) blesses two couples in Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Ariodante.’ (Photo: David Bachman Photography for Pittsburgh Opera.)

1) Seasons at Pittsburgh Opera offer a 360-degree experience of the art form, mixing classics from the repertoire with contemporary operas and little-known gems of the past. The latter takes center stage this month as the company presents the Pittsburgh premiere of an opera almost 300 years old. George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante had its first run in London in 1735. Londoners of the time, eager for new Italian-style operas, gave Ariodante such a warm reception that it played again the very next year—but then a couple of years’ hiatus turned into a couple of centuries. Revivals finally began during the 1900s. Gradually, Ariodante has won modern acclaim for its dramatic beauty and soaring arias. The story, by a librettist whose name is lost, is set in medieval Scotland. Prince Ariodante is in love with the king’s daughter, and the two must fight through a web of deceit and treachery if they are to wed. Handel composed the title role for a castrato. Pittsburgh Opera has mezzo-soprano Jazmine Olwalia singing and acting the Prince, with Handel’s score played authentically by Chatham Baroque. Discover Ariodante at Pittsburgh CAPA Theater. 8 p.m. 111 9th St., Cultural District. (M.V.)

2) The 62nd Max Motive Annual World of Wheels is in the second day of its three-day show today with more automotive fun. Highlights include drag racing cars; vintage muscle cars including Mustangs, Camaros, and Chargers; custom motorcycles; and much more. The Celebrity Showcase features Henry Winkler, Mackenzie Phillips, and Dee Snider. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Continues through Tomorrow. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Downtown.

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