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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas » Tolomeo

Tolomeo, Rè d'Egitto

By George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Index to the HG Score (reprinted by Kalmus & Gregg)

Video

Organ transcription of the ouverture to Handel's Tolomeo. Performed by Maria Cecilia Farina.

Recordings

Handel. Tolomeo, Rè d'Egitto. (HWV 25, London 1728). DG-Archiv 477 710-6 (3 CDs, February 2008). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Seleuce: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Elisa: Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano; Tolomeo: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Alessandro: Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano; Araspe: Pietro Spagnoli, bass. This superb recording is clearly superior to the Halle live recording in most respects. The booklet includes the Argument, essential for understanding the plot, and new English, French and German translations of the libretto. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Handel.  Tolomeo, Rè d'Egitto. (HWV 25, London 1728). Edition Opernhaus Halle 400-540-2 (3 CDs 1996). Reissued in April 2004 on Mondo Musica MMH 80080. Howard Arman, Händelfestspeilorchester des Opernhauses Halle. Tolomeo: Axel Köhler, countertenor; Seleuce: Linda Perillo, soprano; Araspe: Brian Bannatyne-Scott, bass; Elisa: Romelia Lichtenstein, soprano; Alessandro: Jennifer Lane, contralto. Worth having for the fine performances by Perillo and Köhler. Caution: It has been reported that the Mondo Musica reissue is an inferior, bootleg copy. US | UK | FR | DE

Related Operas

Domenico Scarlatti. Tolomeo ed Alessandro (Rome 1711). DG-Archiv (Recorded in November 2007). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Tolomeo: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Seleuce: Klara Ek, soprano; Elisa: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Araspe: Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano; Alessandro: Raffaella Milanesi, soprano; Dorisbe: Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano.
Domenico Scarlatti. Lettere Amorose. Virgin Veritas 545 546-2 (1 CD, April 2003). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Patrizia Ciofi, soprano; Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano. Cantatas, harpsichord sonatas, and arias from the operas Tolomeo ed Alessandro (1711) and L'Ottavia restituita al trono (1703). Superb recording. Domenico Scarlatti's distinctive style is nearly as apparent in his opera arias as in his later keyboard music. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

References

Winton Dean. Handel's Operas, 1726-1741 (Boydell Press 2006).

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

Reinhard Strohm. Dramma per Musica: Italian Opera Seria of the Eighteenth Century. Details. Yale University Press, 1997. 326 pages. Contents include: Tolomeo: Handel's opera and the rules of tragedy. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Otto Biba & David Wyn Jones (eds.) Studies in Music History: Presented to H.C. Robbins Landon on his 70th Birthday. 272 pages. Thames & Hudson 1996. Contents include: 'The music very good indeed': Scarlatti's Tolomeo ed Alessandro rediscovered, by Malcolm Boyd. US | UK | DE

Links

Le magazine de l'opera-baroque page on Tolomeo


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