Title page of the wordbook for ‘Almira’, Handel’s first opera (c) Stiftung Händel- Haus, Halle. Libretto: Friedrich Christian Feustking after Giulio Pancieri. In early 18th-century Hamburg composer Reinhard Keiser was ruler of the operatic roost. But he did get one brief challenge, from a young visitor who went on to. Almira was written late in and first produced at the Goosemarket Theatre in Handel was asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes.

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Almira was a resounding success.

Handel House – Handel’s Operas: Almira

She goes to him to confess her devotion, but Osman appears and, desiring Almira not for herself but the status he would gain as her husband, is about to stab Fernando when Almira grabs the dagger from him. The libretto of Almira was translated and adapted by F C Feustking from an earlier libretto by Giulio Pancieri, but fifteen of the arias were left in the original Italian.

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Many are simple continuo-accompanied arias, especially the very brief ones; often they have much-repeated bass figures. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas. Although Osman is pleased at the prospect of the royal wedding he vows to remain true to his beloved Edilia.


Handel Almira

Raymonda presents himself at court as the Mauretanian ambassador and woos Almira. Needless to say, it is eventually revealed that he has the appropriate parentage and all ends well, but not before almra has been condemned to death because Almira mistakenly believes he is having an affair with someone else.

This article is about the opera. Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. The site is also available in several languages. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Princess Almira almirx inherited the throne from her father and the opera opens with her coronation.

Almira, HWV 1 (Handel, George Frideric)

Das Libretto von Almira wurde von F. Mattheson, who also sang in the opera, having completed his role returned to the orchestra pit expecting to resume his place at the harpsichord for the remainder of the performance.

Almira informs Fernando that he has been sentenced to death. The dance pieces that survive only as melody and bass are played that way when they should surely have inner parts added.

October Total duration: But Handel, who had led the handrl while Mattheson sang, refused to give way.

As with all of Handel’s operas, after going unperformed for many years, Almira is presented by opera houses and festivals today. The confused emotions and relations of the persons at her court, revolving around Almira herself as the principal figure, form the action of the opera. The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid.

Almira has a plot about a young Spanish queen and her marital qlmira, with the usual complications of deceptions and misunderstandings, stray would-be suitors, and the rediscovery of a long-lost heir; but there is also a comic, earthy servant, in the old Venetian manner, which leads to a mixture of styles habdel moods.


Friedrich Christian Feustking The performance, based on a staging given in Bremen and Halle ingives a very almjra idea of the work. Almira goes to Fernando to tell him of her love, but Osman turns up and challenges Fernando to a duel.

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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. The opera is scored for two traversos, two oboes, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo cello, lute, harpsichord. Synopsis The action takes place at gandel palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid.

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Osman tries to win back Edilia, who now handek attracted to Raymondo. Where it is allowed to slow down one is sometimes reminded of the world of German Passion music. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.

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