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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Almira

Almira, Königen von Castilien

By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Performance

Handel. Almira, Königen von Castilien. (HWV 1, Hamburg 1705). Boston Early Music Festival, 9-16 June 2013. Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Directors. Stage Director: Gilbert Blin. Historically-inspired staging with baroque dancers. Almira: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Edilia: Amada Forsythe, soprano; Bellante: Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Fernando: Colin Balzer, tenor; Consalvo: Christian Immler, bass; Osman: Zachary Wilder, tenor; Raymondo: Tyler Duncan, bass; Tabarco: Jason McStoots, tenor.

Recordings

Handel. Almira, Königen von Castilien. (HWV 1, Hamburg 1705). cpo 999 275-2 (3 CDs 1996). Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali. Almira: Ann Monoyios, soprano; Edilia: Patricia Rozario, soprano; Bellante: Linda Gerrard, soprano; Consalvo: David Thomas, bass; Osman: Douglas Naswari, tenor; Fernando: Jamie MacDougall, tenor; Raymondo: Olaf Haye, bass; Tabarco: Christian Elsner, tenor. A serious libretto with comic characters and scenes, as in Telemann's Socrates, for example. Almira established the 20-year-old Handel as one of the world's greatest composers. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Related Operas

Giuseppe Boniventi. L'Almira. (Venice 1691). Libretto by Giulio Pancieri.

Ruggiero Fedeli. Almira. (Brunswick 1703). Librettist unknown. Derived from Pancieri.

Reinhard Keiser. Almira. (c.1703-04. Not produced.) Librettist Friedrich Christian Feustking. This is the libretto set by Handel.

Reinhard Keiser. Almira, Königen von Castilien. (Weissenfels 1704.) Librettist unknown and music lost.

Reinhard Keiser. Der durchlauchtige Secretarius oder Almira, Königen von Castilien. (Hamburg 1706) Librettist Barthold Feind. Music lost.

References

Dean & Knapp. Handel's Operas, 1704-1726. (Oxford University Press 1995 (1987)).

R. Strohm, "Handel and his Italian opera texts." Essays on Handel and the Italian Opera. (Oxford University Press 1985).

Links

Le magazine de l'opera-baroque page on Almira


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