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Thursday 11. May. 2017, 7.00 pm - 10.30 pm | Großes Haus

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Georg Friedrich Händel

Almira

Introduction at 6.20 PM

The young woman Almira is to be queen and marry the offspring of her advisor Consalvo – thus the decree in her father’s will. Her heart, however, already belongs to her secretary Fernando, whom she loves secretly. Suddenly various gentlemen woo the young queen and amorous turmoil ensues.
Only one opera has survived from the young Handel’s time in Hamburg: "Almira", written at the age of only 19. George Frideric Handel was employed as a violinist in the orchestra of the “Gänsemarkt Opera”. When a composer was urgently needed to set a libretto that had already been commissioned, the theatre’s directors entrusted the task to the young musician. Handel made the best of this chance. The premiere was a spectacle and celebrated by the diverse audience in the metropolis of commerce: an overture in the French style, arias and recitatives in German and Italian, numerous dances, plus a rich, occasionally exotic orchestration – voilà: the stylistic mixture typical for Hamburg at the time!

Director: Jetske Mijnssen
Set and Costume Designer: Ben Baur
Lighting Designer: Mark van Denesse
Dramaturgy: Kerstin Schüssler-Bach

Premiere: 25.05.2014

One break

In German and Italian with German surtitles


Information:

Ort: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Preise: 5,00 EUR bis 87,00 EUR

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