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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Handel was to write three more operas for Hamburg: In the piece was once more performed in a version edited by Georg Philipp Telemann. This page was last edited on 14 Augustat hhandel 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. At an elaborate court entertainment, Almira mistakenly believes that her beloved Fernando is flirting with Edilia and becomes consumed with jealousy.

Almira is not interested, being still in love with her secretary Fernando, although she has never told him so.

Handel House – Handel’s Operas: Almira

October Total duration: 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. Now nothing stands in the way of marriage between Almira and Fernando. The models were of course the Hamburg operas of the time, in particular those of Reinhard Keiser; indeed the Almira yandel is derived from a text by F.

Handel was asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes already in preparation would not be wasted. As with all of Haandel operas, after going unperformed for many years, Almira is presented by opera houses and festivals today.

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The opera was performed twenty times in almria until its place was taken by Handel’s next opera, Nerothe music of which has not almia preserved. The site is also available in several languages. Stadt Hamburg in der Elbe Auen c Don’t show me this message again.

The restless and jaded Osman attends another brilliant festivity given by Princess Bellante. The performance, based on a staging given in Bremen and Halle ingives a very fair idea of the work. But when he tells of his love for her, she sets him free. This is the only one of his operas that has no role for a castrato.


alimra George Frideric Handel Composer. 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.

Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. This is unwelcome news to Almira as she is desperately in love with her private secretary, a young man of unknown alimra named Fernando. The manuscript contains two overtures, the original in B flat being supplemented by a second in G minor.

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. So I would urge Handelians to give Almira a hearing.

The Viking Opera Guide. The fictional story is set in medieval Valladolid. Almirs all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.

Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. There is a good deal of variety, however, about the arias of which a high proportion are in minor keys.

Handel Almira

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, almost none of the music of these three early operas has survived. 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.

Princess Almira has inherited the throne from her father and the opera opens with her coronation. 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 has a plot about a young Spanish queen and her marital affairs, 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 and moods.

George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas. Almira is a mix of spectacle, as in the opening coronation scene and the masque in the third act, dance, comedy and drama. 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 marry him.


A servant of Fernando, called Tabarco, comes across correspondence from these various persons in these love tangles, and opens and reads all their letters. 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.

Handel composed Almirahis first opera, inwhen he was a violinist in the opera orchestra at Hamburg; it was performed at the beginning ofsix weeks before his twentieth birthday. Ultimately, however, it has to be 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.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. On later occasions, he also played the harpsichord in the orchestra. 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.

The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid.

There are three tenor roles no castratos in Hamburg! Almira was a resounding success.

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.