Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival
Thursday, November 28, 2013
With Almira, Handel's very first opera, he demonstrated that he had all the necessary tools to become one of history's great opera composers — when he was just 19-years-old. Almira premiered in Hamburg in 1705, and the score combines French, German and Italian operatic styles, with a result that's pure Handel.
On World of Opera host Lisa Simeone presents a sparkling production of Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival. The opera features a pair of striking soprano roles. In the Boston production they're heard in top-notch performances by sopranos Ulrike Hofbauer as Almira and Amanda Forsythe as Edilia, with the festival's orchestra directed by Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs.
Almira: Ulrike Hofbauer (soprano)
Fernando: Colin Balzer (tenor)
Edilia: Amanda Forsythe (soprano)
Consalvo: Christian Immler (bass-baritone)
Osman: Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Bellante: Valerie Vinzant (soprano)
Raymondo: Tyler Duncan (baritone)
Tabarco: Jason McStoots (tenor)
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, directors