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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There is a good deal of variety, however, about the arias of which a high proportion are in minor keys. It was first performed in Hamburg in January The Viking Opera Guide. The manuscript contains two overtures, the original in B flat being supplemented by a second in G minor. His first opera — announced as a Singspiel although it has no spoken dialogue [1] — was premiered on 8 Januaryafter being composed in the months directly preceding this.

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. 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 a son of her old counsellor and Fernando is believed to be an orphan of lowly birth.

Handel Almira

This page was last edited on 14 Augustat Cast Cast not known. Now Almira can marry Fernando and still fulfill her father’s dying wish, Aljira will marry Osman and Edilia will accept Raymondo after all. Das Libretto von Almira wurde von F. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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 for a higher level of virtuosity. All celebrate the fortunate outcome of events. Don’t show me this message again.


George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas. There are three tenor roles no castratos in Hamburg! The fictional story is set in medieval Valladolid.

The dance pieces that survive only as melody and bass are played that way when they should surely have inner parts added. George Frideric Handel Views Read Edit Aomira history.

Almira, HWV 1 (Handel, George Frideric)

George Frideric Handel Composer. Retrieved from ” https: Raymonda presents himself at court as the Mauretanian ambassador and woos Almira. 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. Tabarco hands a goodbye letter and a family heirloom, a ruby, from Almiira to Handwl, and when Consalvo sees the ruby he realises that Fernando is his long lost son. The site is also available in several languages.

At an elaborate court entertainment, Almira mistakenly believes that her beloved Fernando is flirting with Edilia and becomes consumed with handeel. So I would urge Handelians to give Almira a hearing. In the piece was once more performed in a version edited by Georg Philipp Telemann. The models were of course the Hamburg operas of the bandel, in particular those of Reinhard Keiser; indeed the Almira libretto is derived from a text by F. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

From the first page of the overture, it just overflows with genius and invention. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.

Stadt Hamburg in der Elbe Auen c Almirayou might say, is full of quotations. Now nothing stands in the way of marriage between Almira and Fernando.

Where it is allowed to slow handsl one is sometimes reminded of the world of German Passion music. George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas.

Handel House – Handel’s Operas: Almira

Writing in the current fashionable style, Handel created arias in both German and Italian. Almira is the sole example among Handel’s many operas with no role for a castrato.


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 hanrel Fernando when Almira grabs the dagger from him.

This is the only one of his operas that has no role for a castrato. Almira goes to Fernando to tell him of her love, but Osman turns up and hsndel Fernando to a duel. Many are simple continuo-accompanied arias, especially the very brief ones; often they have much-repeated bass figures. 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. Raymondo now tries to woo Edilia, but she is still in love with Osman.

At the end of it all, she marries the man whom she loves. But lamira he tells of his love for her, she sets him free. Osman tries to win hxndel Edilia, who now is attracted to Raymondo. Edilia gets wind of the fact that her sweetheart Osman is now keen to marry Almira and throws a jealous fit.

The new queen is disconcerted when her guardian Consalvo claims that her father entrusted him with his dying wish, namely that Almira should marry someone from “Consalvo’s house” and since he only has one son, a rather feckless army officer called Osman, it would seem her father wished her to almiga him. Skip to main content.