Six nationally-acclaimed singers will perform Handel's "Alcina" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota.
Rebecca Price and Jason Stearns from the Metropolitan Opera will be joined by Adelaide Boedecker, Adam Bielamowicz, Monica Pasquini and Reba Evans for a performance of select arias from the opera, with narration by June LeBell. Todd Craven will conduct a full chamber orchestra, with Ann Stephenson-Moe playing harpsichord.
"Alcina is a beautiful and powerful sorceress," said Stephenson-Moe. "Men swoon and fall in love with her, but when she tires of them, as she inevitably does, she uses sorcery to turn them into stones or trees. She must never fall in love — if she does, she loses her powers."
The opera's plot turns on Alcina, who is embroiled in a passionate love affair with Ruggiero, who is engaged to Bradamante.
Stearns is a baritone soloist who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera since 2008. Price is a cover singer with the opera.
Pasquini, a coloratura soprano, currently performs with the Choreo Theatro Company in Brooklyn. Evans has recently performed as alto soloist in Vivaldi's "Gloria RV 588" with the Metropolitan Greek Chorale.
Bielamowicz will make his Carnegie Hall debut next month. In 2011, he played Borsa in the Sarasota Opera's production of "Rigoletto."
Boedecker, who will sing the title role, is a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music.
Tickets are $20 online at www.redeemersarasota.org or by calling 955-4263.