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2nd June 2008




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Opera in three acts with music by Bach, Handel, Fux, H. Purcell & D. Purcell

Deborah York & Lydie Vierlinger

Capella Leopoldina, Jörg Zwicker



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An unusual and innovative project, Almirante is a pastiche opera comprising some of the most beautiful Baroque duets for soprano and alto by composers such as Bach, Purcell and Handel. Almirante was the brain child of Baroque specialist Jörg Zwicker, and is a love story with a supplementary libretto by Thomas Höft which creates a dramaturgical framework to the musically diverse masterpieces, here elegantly sung by lyric coloratura Deborah York and Lydia Vierlinger. The different styles of composition help to present this dramatic love story in the most colourful scenario possible.

Ugo Nastrucci: Almirante

Act I: Fanfare

Henry Purcell: Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z. 335

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z. 335


Act I: Recitativo: O beato Almirante (Elmira, Almirante)

Giacomo Rossi: Rinaldo, HWV 7

Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act I: Scherzano sul tuo volto


Act I: Recitativo: Ma abbandona il duolo (Almirante, Elmira)

Henry Purcell: Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585

Pausanias, the Betrayer of his Country: My dearest, my fairest


Act I: Recitativo: Ma sei cosi meravigliosa! (Almirante, Elmira)

George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act III: Caro! Bella! Piu amabile belta


Act I: Recitativo: Ma come posso credere (Elmira, Almirante)

George Frideric Handel: Fronda leggiera e mobile, HWV 186

Fronda leggiera e mobile, HWV 186

Rinaldo, HWV 7

Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act III: Battaglia


Act II: Recitativo Accompagnato: Ascolta! (Elmira, Almirante)

Thomas Morell: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63, Part I: From this dread scene

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17

Recitative: Caro, mia vita!

Son nata a lagrimar

Johann Joseph Fux: Il trionfo della fede

Recitative: Io, che sto del mio Dio

Sia, mio Dio


Act III: Recitativo: Dopo che la guerra (Almirante, Elmira)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht, BWV 124

Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht, BWV 124: Duet: Entziehe dich eilends, mein Herze


Act III: Recitativo: Cosi a tutto cio (Almirante)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Erwunschtes Freudenlicht, BWV 184

Erwunschtes Freudenlicht, BWV 184: Aria: Gesegnete Christen, gluckselige Herde


Act III: Recitativo: O amato Almirante (Elmira, Almirante)

George Frideric Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33

Ariodante, HWV 33: Se rinasce nel mio cor

George Frideric Handel: Saul, HWV 53

Saul, HWV 53: Symphony

Evening Standard

“Deborah York totally stole the show, incredibly agile, perfectly phrased, every note formed with proper distinctive colour”

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