“It takes two to tango”, as the well-known saying goes. But theatre is interested first and foremost in women who seduce men (sometimes serially). In the nineteenth century, that was the role of the femme fatale. And she had a predecessor back in Baroque opera. We only have to think of Handel’s Alcina, or Armida in Rinaldo – both sorceresses who will use any means to get the man they love in their power. But magical powers are not always needed: sometimes flattering words and an appropriate melody will do the trick.
In this respect, Siri Karoline Thornhill hits just the right note. This Norwegian soprano is a much-appreciated guest in such renowned music venues as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Leipzig Opera. She has appeared at numerous Baroque music festivals, including the International Opera Festival in Beaune and the festivals at Utrecht and Bruges. In Halle, she will be plying her seductive charms in the company of the Dutch Apollo Ensemble.