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TESEO

George Frideric Handel

 

George Frideric Handel
TESEO
Schlosstheater Neues Palais, Potsdam, 2004


Soloists: Jacek Laszczkowski, Maria Riccarda Wesseling, Miriam Meye
Orchestra, Chorus: Lautten Compagney, Chor der Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle
Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
Director: Axel Köhler
DVD Specials: Score Plus, Spoken Synopsis in 5 Languages

Handel’s five act opera Teseo was premièred in 1713 at the Queen’s Theatre in London. After flopping with his previous work Il pastor fido Handel tied up to his big success Rinaldo and again created an opera with a heroic subject, sophisticated stagecraft and a big orchestra. The Italian librettist Niccolo Haym based the libretto on Philippe Quinault’s Thesée, which has originally been created for Jean Baptiste Lully’s homonymous opera. Teseo has inherited many qualities of the French tragédie lyrique style, such as the five-act structure, big arias in the middle of scenes (meaning that characters do not have to leave the stage after their arias), a secondary romantic couple, many short arias and recitatives and many accompanied recitatives. In 1947 the opera was rediscovered and staged for the first time after Handel’s death at the Göttinger Händelfestpiele, followed by a production at the Goethe-Theater Bad Lauchstädt and few others. Finally, in 2004 Handel’s jewel of operatic work was performed at the beautiful setting of the Schlosstheater Potsdam under the direction of Axel Köhler. The cast leaded by Jacek Laszczkowski, who is singing the title role and has been chosen as Singer of the Year 2003 by the German magazine Opernwelt is outstanding. Also, the Lautten Compagny conducted by Wolfgang Katschner was highly acclaimed for his “astonishingly delicate and beautiful” (The Times) accompaniment.

Press Reviews

"Händels TESEO, modern inszeniert, mal heftig und dicht, mal schnoddrig und eben so durchgestellt, passt hervorragend in die kleine museale Welt eines echten uralten Theaters. Der Kontrast schafft lebendige Spannung. Es ist erstaunlich, wie genau die DVD eine Atmosphäre widerspiegelt, in der Bühne und gesamter Theaterraum eine Einheit bilden – akustisch, aber auch, was die Nähe der Aktion zum Zuschauer betrifft." Klaus Leymann, WDR 3 Hörzeichen, 03.08.2005

"Unter der inspirierenden Leitung von Wolfgang Katschner wird diese Oper zum barocken Stimmfest." pizzicato, 01.03.2006

"Dabei bewegt sich das Sänger-Ensemble auf einem stimmschauspielerisch glänzenden Niveau. Angeführt von Maria Riccarda Wesseling als Vamp-Hexe Medea und tatkräftig unterstützt von Dirigent Wolfgang Katschner, der aus der Berliner ,Lauten Compagney’ den gesamten Affektreichtum der Händelschen Musiksprache herausholt." Svenja Klaucke, Fono Forum, 01.12.2005

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 166

Picture Format: 16:9

Disc Format: PAL/NTSC

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

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0 (PAL) / 0 (NTSC)

Languages: IT

Subtitle Languages:

IT, DE, FR, GB, ES (PAL) / FR, GB, IT, JP, ES (NTSC)

Catalogue No.:

100708 (PAL) / 100709 (NTSC)

EAN: 4006680107080 (PAL)

UPC: 807280070996 (NTSC)

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