Saturday, 26. February 2022 17:00

Buffonet and Alga, or: The Man-Crazy Old Maid

Birthday Concert for Handel

Julia Giebel und Peter Huth © Jan Windszus Photography / Thomas Schweigert

Musik im Händel-Haus

„Buffonet and Alga, or: The Man-Crazy Old Maid“ - Birthday Concert for Handel 
Julia Giebel (Alga), Dominik Köninger (Buffonet), Peter Huth (moderation)
Members of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin

15 € / 10 € (ermäßigt) 

„Buffonet and Alga, or: The Man-Crazy Old Maid“
Two-part intermezzo on an original poem by Christoph Gottlieb Wend (librettist of the Hamburg Opera at the time).

Members of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin
Julia Giebel (Alga), Dominik Köninger (Buffonet), Peter Huth (moderation)
Daniela Braun, Peter Wünnenberg (violins), Inken Ewertsen (violoncello), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (theorbo), Lutz Kohl (harpsichord and musical rehearsal)

Venue: Händel-Haus, Kammermusiksaal

Reduction for pupils, students, trainees, severely disabled persons and - only at the box office - for members of the Freundes- und Förderkreis des Händel-Hauses zu Halle e. V.

Reserved concert tickets must be collected from the museum box office in the Händel-Haus up to 30 minutes before the start of the event.

About the concert programme

Hamburg in 1727: Christoph Gottlieb Wend, known for his first German translation of Swift's satirical novel "Gulliver's Travels", writes the libretto "Buffonet und Alga" for Telemann for a new intermezzo for the Hamburg revival of Handel's opera "Rinaldo". The result is a drastic parody that offers an offbeat view of war - as a counter-model, as it were, to the confrontation between the Christian crusaders and the Saracens described in "Rinaldo". Buffonet, a dissolute army officer, and Alga, an ageing prostitute, are at the centre of the two-part intermezzo, which musically blends serious and light-hearted matter on stage in Telemann's unmistakable style. Defeats, whether in war or in love, have not dented Buffonet's self-confidence one bit. Alga dreams of a heroic knight - Buffonet's courtship doesn't really fit into this dream! And so, in an entertaining way, grotesque-comical entanglements ensue. All's well that ends well - the poet Christoph Gottlieb Wend, who had a talent for everyday comedy and a sarcastic sense of humour, ensures a good ending.

Completed musically by Peter Huth, this curious and little-known play can be experienced for the first time in Halle. The performing artists, who already caused a stir and entertainment in the Händel-Haus in 2019 with the performance of another Telemann intermezzo, are members of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin - and so it is not surprising that their interpretation of baroque chamber music is performed at the highest level.