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, HWV 1 (Handel, George Frideric)

Friedrich Christian Feustking It was first performed in Hamburg in January The libretto was intended for Keiser and actually set ahndel music by him, but he seems hancel have been forced to leave Hamburg for a while before the opera could be produced. Raymonda presents himself at court as the Mauretanian ambassador and woos Almira. The site is also available in several languages. Almira has a plot about a young Spanish queen and her marital affairs, with the usual complications of deceptions and misunderstandings, stray would-be suitors, almirx 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 and moods.

Although Osman is pleased at the prospect of the royal wedding he vows to remain true to his beloved Edilia.

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The bored Osman makes his way to a party given by Bellante, the Princess hancel Aranda. Retrieved 6 July But when he tells of his love for her, she sets him free.


This is unhappy news for Slmira, whose heart belongs to her secretary Fernando, a youth of unknown origin. Raymondo now tries to woo Edilia, but she is still in love with Osman. From the first page of the overture, it just overflows with genius and invention.

Osman tries to win back Edilia, who now is attracted to Raymondo. On later occasions, he also played the harpsichord in the orchestra. Retrieved from ” https: Tabarco hands a goodbye letter haandel a family heirloom, a ruby, from Fernando to Almira, and when Consalvo sees the ruby he realises that Fernando is his long lost son. There is a good deal of variety, however, about the arias of which handfl high proportion are in minor keys. When Consalvo sees the ruby, he realises that Fernando is his long-lost son.

George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas. Among the singers, Ann Monoyios makes a generally sympathetic Almira, light and bright in tone, and often phrasing her music gracefully; she does well in her demanding Act 3 aria although it really calls akmira a higher level of virtuosity.

Almira informs Fernando that he has been sentenced to death. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

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Almira misinterprets a fragmentary message which Fernando has cut on a tree trunk in the woods as a declaration of his love for Edilia, a royal princess. The Viking Opera Guide.

October Total duration: George Frideric Handel Composer. Stadt Hamburg in der Elbe Qlmira c Almirayou might say, is full of quotations. It is a comic opera, full of complex court intrigues surrounding the love between Almira, Queen of Castile, and Fernando, her private secretary—a love that cannot be admitted by either of them, as Almira is contracted to marry yandel son of her old counsellor and Fernando is believed to be an orphan of lowly birth.


The dance pieces that survive only as melody and bass are almirw that way when they should surely have inner parts added. Handel was to write three more operas for Hamburg: Now nothing stands in the way of marriage between Almira and Fernando.

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Handel Almira

Synopsis The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid. Composition Artist Credits Almira. Don’t show me this message again.

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Handrl please click here for further information. At the end of it all, she marries the man whom she loves. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. As with all of Handel’s operas, after going unperformed for many years, Almira is presented by opera houses and festivals today.

Needless to say, it is eventually revealed that he has the appropriate parentage and all ends well, but not before he has been condemned to death because Almira mistakenly believes he is having an affair with someone else. Princess Bellante has fallen in love with Osman, but Osman’s father, Consalvo, is amorously pursuing Bellante, which she finds annoying and tries to put a stop to.