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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The opera is scored for two traversos, two oboes, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo cello, lute, harpsichord. 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 a,mira, with too many cadences, dissipate the vitality the music promises to generate. It was first performed in Hamburg in January All celebrate the fortunate handdl of events.

Handel House – Handel’s Operas: Almira

Composition Artist Credits Almira. In fact Bellante is now smitten with Osman. Almira informs Fernando that he has been sentenced to death. Friedrich Christian Feustking Paul O’Dette, artistic co-director of the Boston Early Music Festival, where the opera was staged insays of this very early work by the teenaged Handel:. Edilia gets wind of the fact that her sweetheart Osman is now keen to marry Almira and throws a jealous fit.


Almira was a resounding success.

Almira, HWV 1 (Handel, George Frideric)

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. This is unwelcome news to Almira as she is desperately in love with her private secretary, a young man of unknown parentage named Fernando.

Almira goes to Fernando to tell him of her love, but Osman turns up and challenges Fernando to a duel. Update Slmira To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Almirayou might say, is full of quotations. October Total duration: 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.

When Fernando pays too much attention to Edilia at a court party, Almira almir extremely jealous. In Franz Liszt composed a transcription of the Sarabande and Chaconne from the opening act of this opera for his English piano student Walter Bache. 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.

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This page was hanxel edited on 14 Augustat George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas. George Frideric Handel Composer. 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 opera was performed twenty times in total until its place was taken by Handel’s next opera, Nerothe music of which has not been preserved.


Where it is allowed to slow down one is sometimes reminded of the world of German Passion music. From the first page of the overture, it just overflows with genius and invention.

The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. 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.

Raymondo now tries to woo Edilia, but she is still in love with Osman. Handel was asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes already in preparation would not be wasted. Views Read Edit View history. Handel was to write three more operas for Hamburg: The manuscript contains two overtures, the original in B flat being supplemented by a second in G minor.