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 models were of course the Hamburg operas of the time, in particular those of Reinhard Keiser; indeed the Almira libretto is derived from a text by F. Stadt Hamburg in der Elbe Auen c In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid. This is unwelcome news to Almira as she is desperately in love with her private secretary, a young man of unknown parentage named Fernando. At the end of apmira all, she marries the man whom she loves. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.

Many are simple continuo-accompanied arias, especially the very brief ones; often they have much-repeated bass figures. Now Almira can marry Fernando and still fulfill her allmira dying wish, Bellante will marry Osman and Edilia will accept Raymondo after all. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Where it is allowed to hanedl down one is sometimes reminded of the world of German Passion music.

Don’t show me this message again. In fact Bellante is now smitten with Osman. 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 bandel. From the first page of the overture, it just overflows with genius and invention. 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.


Almira, HWV 1 (Handel, George Frideric)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Tabarco hands a goodbye letter and a family heirloom, hzndel ruby, from Fernando to Almira, and when Consalvo sees the ruby he realises that Fernando is his long lost almiira. October Total duration: Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Cast Cast not known. George Frideric Handel Handel was to write three more operas for Hamburg: On later occasions, he also played the harpsichord in the orchestra.

Princess Bellante once again rebuffs the unwelcome attentions of Consalvo. 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. Almira informs Fernando that he has been sentenced to death.

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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. Noted by critics as one of the most striking of Liszt’s late paraphrases as well as his only setting of a baroque piece from his late period, this work is said to handle Ferruccio Busoni ‘s late-romantic settings of Bach. Retrieved 6 July 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.

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.

Handel House – Handel’s Operas: Almira

The manuscript contains two overtures, the original hadnel B flat being supplemented by a second in G minor. The fictional story is set in medieval Valladolid. Synopsis The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid.

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.


Almirayou might say, is full of quotations. The site is also available in several languages. Although Osman is pleased at the prospect of the royal wedding he vows to remain true to his beloved Edilia.

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Writing in the current fashionable style, Handel created arias in both German and Italian. The confused emotions and almiea of the persons at her court, revolving around Almira herself as the principal figure, form the action of the opera.

There is a good deal of variety, however, about the arias of which a high proportion are in minor keys. As with all of Handel’s operas, after going unperformed for many years, Almira is presented by opera houses and festivals today.

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. The bored Osman makes his way to a party given by Bellante, the Princess of Aranda.

The performance, based on a staging given in Bremen and Halle ingives a very fair idea of the work. 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.

This is unhappy news for Almira, whose heart belongs to her secretary Fernando, a youth of unknown origin. 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.