Saturday, 05. June 2021 19:30 The Opera Halle


HWV 9 - Reprise of the planned 2020 Handel Festival production

Opera by G. F. Händel in a play version by Martin G. Berger

Musical director: Attilio Cremonesi
Directed by: Martin G. Berger
Scenery: Sarah-Katharina Karl
Costumes: Esther Bialas
Video: Daniel M. G. Weiß

Soloists: Samuel Mariño (Jason/Teseo), KS Romelia Lichtenstein (Medea 2020), Yulia Sokolik (Clizia/Medea 1880), Vanessa Waldhart (Agilea/Medea 1958), Paula Schuster (Medea 1619), Ki-Hyun Park (Egeo), Members of the Statistry of the Oper Halle
Händelfestspielorchester Halle

In Italian with German surtitles

Organizer: Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH Halle

50, 40, 25 

With Teseo, Halle Opera too has set out to find a form of music theatre suitable for a pandemic, the most powerful moment of which comes right at the end, when Romelia Lichtenstein, on leaving the stage, sings a melancholy aria accompanied by a flute, which fades away offstage. Here is no singer’s vanity, but only skill and the search for true expression of feeling through song”
(MDR KULTUR, Uwe Friedrich, 3.10.2020). The Halle production came about in the unusual context of the coronavirus pandemic: the conductor Attilio Cremonesi and director Martin G. Berger have compiled a 90-minute pasticcio from Handel’s Teseo in which the power, grace and emotion of the music nevertheless show through to full effect. Although the opera is named after the Greek hero Theseus, it centres on the mythological figure of Medea, perhaps the most contested heroine of antiquity. Like the world premiere in London, the production in Halle has a male soprano in the title role of Teseo. This is sung by the up-and-coming star singer Samuel Mariño, who with his crystal-clear coloratura was already acclaimed as a “sensation” by the specialist press for his performance in Halle as Alessandro in Handel’s Berenice. The role of the enchantress Media is sung by Handel Prize winner and Kammersängerin Romelia Lichtenstein.

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HWV 9 - Reprise of the planned 2020 Handel Festival production