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George Frideric Handel


George Frideric Handel
Händelfestspiele, Halle, 2006

Soloists: Mechthild Bach, Romelia Lichtenstein, Matthias Rexroth
Orchestra, Chorus: Händelfestspielorchester Halle
Conductor: Howard Arman
Director: Axel Köhler
DVD Specials: Special Box Set with 2 DVDs and 2 CDs

George Frideric Handel‘s ‚Admeto‘ is considered one of the most successful operas produced in the first half of the 18th century. Along with ‚Radamisto‘, ‚Giulio Cesare‘, ‚Tamerlano‘, ‚Rodelinda‘ and ‚Alessandro‘, which were also written in this period, ‚Admeto‘ belongs to Handel‘s so-called ‚London operas‘ - works he composed for the Royal Academy of Music. Though born in Halle, Germany, Handel spent most of his adult life in London and became a British subject in 1727. Axel Köhler, the celebrated counter-tenor who is active in Munich, Halle and Berlin – now also well known for his work as a director - has brought ‚Admeto‘ into the modern era in timeless style by the skilful application of imaginative theatrical digressions. Köhler’s production at the Halle Opernhaus revisits a work that encompasses comedy, tragedy and almost absurd grotesqueness and gives it a convincing metaphor in the form of a modern hospital. The recording of ADMETO on this DVD forms the highlight and also the conclusion of our Handel Festival cycle, which began four years ago with TAMERLANO, and was followed by TESEO.

Press Reviews

"Dieser 2006 von Arthaus aufgezeichnete „Admeto“ bildet den bisherigen Höhepunkt des vor drei Jahren mit „Tamerlano“ und „Teseo“ begonnenen Händel-Zyklus. Die zwei dreieinviertel Stunden dauernden DVD’s werden von zwei Audio Discs ergänz - ein äußerst großzügiger Bonus. [...] Der Händel-Spezialist Howard Armann dirigiert das von ihm mit gegründete, auf historischen Instrumenten spielende Händelfestspielorchester Halle mit sicherem Gespür für dramatische Wirkung." Jürgen Gahre, General Anzeiger, 22.07.2007

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 196

Picture Format: 16:9

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1

Number of Discs: 2

Region: 0

Languages: IT

Subtitle Languages:


Catalogue No.:


UPC: 807280125795

also available: Blu-ray: 101258

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