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George Frideric Handel


George Frideric Handel
Staatsoper Stuttgart, 1999

Soloists: Alice Coote, Catherine Naglestad, Helene Schneiderman
Orchestra, Chorus: Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Conductor: Alan Hacker
Director: Sergio Morabito, Jossi Wieler

With „Alcina“ Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito show how modern Handel can be. The production is fascinating, conclusive and full of eroticism. Helene Schneiderman is absolutely overwhelming as Ruggiero‘s fiancée and the brilliant soprano Catherine Naglestad is more blissful than seductive. Directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito and conductor Alan Hacker rendered the baroque opera a fascinating masterpiece of sensuality and singing which filled the audience with enthusiasm at the premiere in Stuttgart. In the 1734-1735 season Handel published both “Ariodante” and “Alcina” for the Covent Garden Theatre. The libretti of the two operas illustrate episodes from “Orlando furioso” (1516/32) by Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533). This marvellous epic poem, which makes free use of the handed-down images of the chivalrous world of medieval knights, was for several centuries the standard model for the genre of heroic-comic verse narrative as employed by Voltaire and Wieland and of which later echoes can be heard in the works of Byron, Musset and Pushkin.

Press Reviews

"Einen Glücksfall kann man diese´Händel-Inszenierung der Staatsoper Stuttgart nennen. (...) Das Prädikat hervorragend verdient sich das gesamte Ensemble, allen voran Catherine Naglestad in der Titelrolle (...). Federleicht getragen wird all diese Kunst vom großartigen Staatsorchester Stuttgart unter Alan Hacker. Bravo!" Freizeitstimme, 04.04.2013

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 159

Picture Format: 16:9

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0

Languages: IT

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UPC: 807280230093

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