Handel: Admeto, Re di Tessaglia HWV22

Arthaus Musik: 101258

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Handel: Admeto, Re di Tessaglia HWV22

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(101 258)



Release date:

2nd March 2009







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Handel: Admeto, Re di Tessaglia HWV22

Live Recording from The Opernhaus Halle 2006

Matthias Rexroth (Admeto), Romelia Lichtenstein (Alceste), Mechthild Bach (Antigona), Tim Mead (Trasimede), Raimund Nolte (Ercole), Melanine Hirsch (Orindo), Gerd Vogel (Meraspe)

Handel Festival Orchestra Halle (on Historical Instruments), Howard Arman (conductor) & Axel Köhler (director)

Recording Date: 2006
Place of recording: Live Recording from the Opernhaus Halle
Running Time: 196 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1
Blue Ray Disc, 50 GB (Double Layer)
Subtitle Languages: IT, GB, D, F, E
Menu Language: GB


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Set Design by Roland Aeschlimann & Costumes by Marie-Thérèse Jossen

George Frideric Handel‘s ‘Admeto’ is considered one of the most successful operas produced in the fi rst 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 Blu-Ray forms the highlight and also the conclusion of our Handel Festival cycle, which began four years ago with TAMERLANO, and was followed by TESEO.

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