Sunday, 31. May 2020 14:30 Goethe Theatre Bad Lauchstädt

Alessandro Severo

HWV A 13

Jana Semerádová, Foto: Petra Hajská

Jana Semerádová

Pasticcio with music by G. F. Handel

Musical director: Jana Semerádová
Lighting: Jan Komarek
Stage director: Deda Cristina Colonna
Set design: Domenico Franchi
Soloists: Raffaele Pé (Alessandro), Hana Blažíková (Salustia), Sylva Čmugrová (Giulia), Michaela Šrůmová (Claudio), Dora Rubart Pavlíková (Albina), Jaromír Nosek (Marziano)
Collegium Marianum

In the original Italian with German supertitles
coproduction with Collegium Marianum

Tickets entitle you to free admission to the permanent exhibitions “Neues Schillerhaus” (New Schiller House) and “Badegeschichte im Douche Pavillon” (History of Spa in the Douche Pavilion) from 10am to 6pm on the day of the concert.

Coach fare €8 each way, number of seats limited – tickets must be bought in advance with concert tickets.


80, 65 
listening places 30 

The pasticcio Alessandro Severo from 1738 is based on ten earlier operas to which G. F. Handel added new recitatives and an overture. In it, the composer shows himself to be a master of the genre: in no time at all, he succeeded in compiling a selection of his greatest successes into a new opera plot, a kind of gala performance of his “greatest hits”. At the centre of the action are intrigues by the power-crazed empress Giulia against her son, the Roman emperor Severus Alexander, and his wife, Salustia. The two main roles are excellently cast, with Raffaele Pé and Hana Blažíková. The Italian star singer Raffaele Pé not only gave a performance of the highest musical standard at the 2019 Handel Festival in the title role of Arbace; he is also the first countertenor ever to be invited to sing at the Verona Opera Festival in the Arena di Verona. The renowned soprano Hana Blažíková has also been captivating international audiences for many years with her interpretations of music from the Middle Ages through to the Baroque. They will be accompanied by the Collegium Marianum, playing on historical instruments, conducted by Jana Semerádová, who has already been acclaimed on several occasions in Halle for his dynamic performance style. This rarely performed Handel opera is directed by Deda Cristina Colonna, who studied historical gesture and has already staged a variety of Baroque operas, including at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, with great sureness of style. This will be a feast for eyes and ears.