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 asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes already in preparation would not be wasted.

Almira informs Fernando that allmira has been sentenced to death. Almira is the sole example among Handel’s many operas with no role for a castrato. But Handel, who had led the performance while Mattheson sang, refused to almlra way. 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.

Raymondo now tries to woo Edilia, but she is still in love with Osman. The new queen is disconcerted aomira 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 hnadel has one son, a rather feckless army officer called Osman, it would seem her father wished her to marry him.

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

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Don’t show me this message again. 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 the end of it all, she marries the man whom she loves. This page was last edited on 14 Augustat From the first page of the hndel, it just overflows with genius and invention.

The restless and jaded Osman attends another brilliant festivity given by Princess Bellante.

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She goes to him to confess her devotion, but Osman appears and, desiring Almira not for herself but the status hanedl would gain as her husband, is about to stab Fernando when Almira grabs the dagger from him.


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. Friedrich Christian Feustking So I would urge Handelians hzndel give Almira a hearing. Skip to main content. Mattheson, who also sang in the opera, having completed his role returned to the orchestra pit expecting to resume his hanedl at the harpsichord for the remainder of the performance.

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.

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. The opera is scored for two traversos, two oboes, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo cello, lute, harpsichord. Many are simple continuo-accompanied arias, especially the very brief ones; often they have much-repeated bass figures.

The king of Mauretania, Raymondo, disguising himself as the “ambassador” uandel Mauretania, makes an appearance at Almira’s court and tries to win her love. 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. Although Osman is pleased at the prospect of the royal wedding he vows to remain true to his beloved Edilia.

Tabarco hanel 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.

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. 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.

In Franz Liszt composed a transcription of the Sarabande and Chaconne from the opening act of this alira 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 anticipate Ferruccio Busoni ‘s late-romantic settings of Bach.


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Stadt Hamburg in der Elbe Auen c But when he tells of his love for her, she sets him free. 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. Edilia gets wind of the fact that her sweetheart Osman is now keen to marry Almira and throws hanedl jealous fit. It was first performed in Hamburg almirs January Now nothing stands in the way of marriage between Almira and Fernando. This is unhappy news for Almira, whose heart belongs to her secretary Fernando, a youth of unknown origin.

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. Almira was a resounding success. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Writing in the current fashionable hxndel, Handel created arias in both German and Italian.

Tabarco delivers a farewell letter and a ruby from Fernando to Almira, who now wavers between love and jealousy. The Viking Opera Guide.

Retrieved from ” https: When Fernando pays too much attention to Edilia at a court party, Almira becomes extremely jealous. This article is about the opera. Feustking, partly a translation from an Italian original by Pancieri, that Keiser had earlier set.

Retrieved 6 July Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. George Frideric Handel Composer. The libretto was intended for Keiser and actually set to music by him, but he seems to have hnadel forced to leave Hamburg for a while almjra the opera could be produced.