Handel’s Teseo from Germany

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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With Teseo, Handel ventured into the world of operatic special effects in a drama filled with magical transformations and supernatural interventions, all reinforced by one of the composer's most vibrant scores.

This production comes from the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany, where Handel's operas have been receiving first-class productions since 1919. The stars are soprano Susanne Rydén in the title role, soprano Amy Freston as Teseo's beloved, Agilea, and soprano Dominique Labelle as Medea, the vengeful sorceress who tries to tear the lovers apart. The production is led by conductor Nicholas McGegan.

Cast:

Conductor: Nicholas McGegan

Teseo: Susanne Rydén (soprano)

Agilea: Amy Freston (soprano)

Medea: Dominque Labelle (soprano)

Egeo: Drew Minter (countertenor)

Clizia: Céline Ricci (soprano)

Arcane: Robin Blaze (countertenor)

Minerva: Johanna Ness (soprano)

Göttingen Festival Orchestra

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Comments [1]

Abigail Wrenn from Tarzana, CA

Well done. A wonderful Handel work. The performers are firat rate. I am familiar with most of his operas having been part of the Handel Festival Orchestra in Washington, DC under the baton of Stephen Simon. Each one is memorable. But this is the first performance I’ve heard of Teseo. Thanks WQXR.

May. 17 2012 05:17 PM

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