Opera

Handel's Admeto

Axel Köhler (stage director), Howard Arman (music director) – With Gerd Vogel (Meraspe), Melanie Hirsch (Orindo) – Opernhaus Halle

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Cast

Axel Köhler — Stage director
Roland Aeschlimann — Set designer
Marie-Thérèse Jossen — Costumes
Gerd Vogel — Meraspe
Melanie Hirsch — Orindo
Raimund Nolte — Hercule
Tim Mead — Trasimede
Mechthild Bach — Antigona
Romelia Lichtenstein — Alceste
Matthias Rexroth — Admeto
Händelfestspielorchester Halle
Howard Arman — Music director

Program notes

Axel Köhler stages an outstanding production of Admeto, one of Handel's masterworks.

Georg Friedrich Handel's Admeto is considered one of the most successful operas produced in the first 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" – which were all 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.

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Directed by:
Ute Feudel
Venue: Opernhaus Halle (Halle, Germany)
Production date: 2006
Duration: 3 h 12 min
Production: A coproduction of Monarda Publishing House Ltd and Mitteldeutschen Rundfunks
Resolution: Full HD