Magazine article Gramophone

David Alden's Amsterdam Staging of Handel's Last Opera

Magazine article Gramophone

David Alden's Amsterdam Staging of Handel's Last Opera

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Handel (DVD) (BLU)

Deidamia

Sally Matthews sop                Deidamia
Silvia Tro Santafe mez              Ulisse
Veronica Cangemi sop                 Nerea
Olga Pasichnyk sop                 Achille
Andrew Foster-Williams bass-bar     Fenice
Umberto Chiummo bass              Licomede
Jan-Willem Schaafsma ten           Nestore

Concerto Koln/Ivor Bolton Stage director David Alden Video director Joost Honselaar Opus Arte (F) (DVD) OA1088D; (F) (BLU) OABD7110D (3h 4' + 24' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS5.1 & LPCM stereo * 0 * S/s) Recorded live at the Amsterdam Music Theatre, 2012

Deidamia, premiered at Lincoln's Inn Fields on January 10, 1741, was Handel's last opera. It didn't come towards the end of his composing career and it's certainly no Falstaff or Parsifal; though at three hours this recording, virtually complete save for one aria and the substitution of an earlier version for another, might put you in mind of the latter. The opera was a failure and was given only three times.

The subject had already been treated by Metastasio's Achille in Sciro, first set by Caldara in 1736. …

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