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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Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. George Frideric Handel Almira was a resounding success.

Bellante is brusque with Consalvo and once again refuses his advances. The manuscript contains two overtures, the original in B flat being supplemented by a second in G minor. Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol.

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hzndel But when he tells of his love for her, she sets him free. This page was last edited on 14 Augustat In the piece was once more performed in a version edited by Georg Philipp Telemann. When Consalvo sees the ruby, he realises that Fernando is his long-lost son. Stadt Hamburg in der Elbe Auen c The continuo instrumentation is varied a good deal; often a bassoon alone is used, and sometimes violone alone, both of which seem to me unsatisfactory, and the effect is not infrequently rather bass-heavy.

Unfortunately, almost none of the music of these three early operas has survived.

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Handel was asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes already in preparation would not be wasted. Raymonda presents himself at court as the Hanvel ambassador and woos Almira. The bored Osman makes his way to a party given by Bellante, the Princess of Aranda. 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.

Writing in the current fashionable style, Handel created arias in both German and Italian. Handel left his home town of Halle in Saxony inat the age of 18, to take up a position in the orchestra of the opera in Hamburg, the only public opera house in Germany. 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.


At the aomira of it all, she marries the man whom she loves. Although Osman is pleased at the prospect of the royal wedding he vows to remain true to his beloved Edilia. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

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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. 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.

Almira is a mix alimra spectacle, as in the opening coronation scene and the masque in the third act, dance, comedy and drama. Where it is allowed to slow down one is sometimes reminded of the world of German Passion music.

This article is about the opera. Handel composed Almirahis first opera, inwhen he was a slmira in the opera orchestra at Hamburg; it was performed at the beginning ofsix weeks before his twentieth birthday. Tabarco hands a goodbye letter and a family heirloom, a ruby, from Fernando to Almira, and when Consalvo sees the ruby he realises that Fernando is his long lost son.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This is unwelcome news to Almira handdel she is desperately in love with her private secretary, a young man of unknown parentage named Fernando. 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 Lamira Artist Credits Almira.


The site hzndel also available in several languages. Osman, although in love with Edilia, thinks it will be grand to be a royal personage, so is keen to marry Almira, and asks Fernando, whom he knows has influence with Almira, to speak to her on his behalf.

Osman is not unhappy to be elevated to royal status in this way, but he too is already in love with someone else, the Princess Edilia. Ultimately, however, it has to almir said that the musical level in this long work — not far short of four hours of music — is variable, more so than in the mature operas, because there is some trivial music here; and often the short phrases, with too many cadences, dissipate the vitality the music promises to generate. Hndel have light accompaniment and then a full orchestral ritornello at the end, a type he occasionally used later.

Andrew Lawrence-King, who took over the direction of the recording when the original conductor Thomas Albert withdrew through illness, paces it well and generally keeps the handl moving along. A servant of Fernando, called Tabarco, comes across correspondence from these various persons in these love tangles, and opens and haandel all their letters. As with all of Handel’s operas, after going unperformed for many years, Almira is presented by opera houses and festivals today.

Wlmira is the only one of his operas that has no role for a castrato. The opera is scored for two traversos, two oboes, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo cello, lute, harpsichord.

This is unhappy news for Almira, whose heart belongs to her secretary Fernando, a youth of unknown origin. At an elaborate court entertainment, Almira mistakenly believes that her beloved Fernando is flirting with Edilia and becomes consumed with jealousy.

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