Alcina (HWV 34) is an opera seria by George Frideric Handel. Handel used the libretto of L'isola di Alcina, an opera that was set in 1728 in Rome by Riccardo Broschi, which he acquired the year after during his travels in Italy. Partly altered for better conformity, the story was originally taken from Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso (like those of the Handel operas Orlando and Ariodante), an epic poem. The opera contains several musical sequences with opportunity for dance: these were composed for dancer Marie Sallé.

Librettist Anonymous adaptation of L’isola di Alcina by Riccardo Broschi (after Orlando furioso by Lodovico Ariosto)
Date of composition 1735
Premiered 1735, April 16th (Covent Garden Theatre) in London, UK
Type Opera Seria
Catalogue HWV 34
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Voice (Soprano) - Alcina, a sorceress
Voice (Soprano) - Morgana, her sister
Voice (Soprano) - Oberto, a boy searching for his father
Voice (Castrato) - Ruggiero, a knight
Voice (Contralto) - Bradamante, Ruggiero's betrothed, disguised as her own brother, the knight Ricciardo
Voice (Bass) - Melisso, former tutor of Ruggiero
Voice (Tenor) - Oronte, lover of Morgana
Autotranslations beta Georg Friedrich Haendel: Alcina, HWV 34
Georg Friedrich Händel: Alcina, HWV 34
Georg Friedrich Händel: Alcina, HWV 34