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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Teseo

Teseo (1713)

By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Recordings

Handel. Teseo Highlights. Philharmonia Baroque Productions (1 CD, May 2014). Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Dominique Labelle, soprano; Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Amy Freston, soprano; Drew Minter, countertenor; Robin Blaze, countertenor; Céline Ricci, mezzo-soprano. The radio broadcast from the 2011 Göttingen Festival directed by McGegan featured most of the same singers and is the best recording of Teseo of the few I have heard. It may still be around somewhere on the web, despite the closing of OperaShare. The same cast delivered a polished semi-staged performance at Alice Tully Hall in August 2014, with sufficient cuts (4 arias) to come within the 3-hour union limit. I was especially impressed by the stage presence of Drew Minter, who recently has been directing and teaching more than performing. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel. Teseo. (HWV 9, London 1713). Erato 2292-45806-2 (2 CDs, 1992). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Teseo: Eirian James, soprano; Medea: Della Jones, mezzo-soprano; Agilea: Julia Gooding, soprano; Egeo: Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor; Clizia: Catherine Napoli, soprano; Arcane: Jeffrey Gall, countertenor. It is impossible to rely on any purported "facsimiles" published by Erato in light of their doctoring of the facsimile libretto of Teseo to conform it to the music performed. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Warner Classics 2564-69651-9 (2008) in a 6-CD set with Minkowki's recordings of Amadigi & Il Trionfo. Improved with new typeset librettos with new aria translations (pdf). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Related Operas

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Thésée (1675). cpo 777 240-2 (3 CDs, June 2007). Steven Stubbs & Paul O'Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Thésée: Howard Crook, tenor; Médée: Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano; Aeglé: Ellen Hargis, soprano; Aegée: Harry van der Kamp, bass; Cléone: Suzie Le Blanc, soprano; Dorine & Vénus: Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano; Minerve & La Grande Pretresse: Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Arcas: Olivier Laquerre, bass-baritone; Marek Rzepka, bass-baritone; Bacchus: Marc Molomot, tenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Un Plaisir: Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Yulia van Doren, soprano; Teresa Wakim, soprano. Libretto by Quinault. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

References

Winton Dean & J. Merrill 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 Teseo


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