Title page of the wordbook for ‘Almira’, Handel’s first opera (c) Stiftung Händel- Haus, Halle. Libretto: Friedrich Christian Feustking after Giulio Pancieri. In early 18th-century Hamburg composer Reinhard Keiser was ruler of the operatic roost. But he did get one brief challenge, from a young visitor who went on to. Almira was written late in and first produced at the Goosemarket Theatre in Handel was asked to provide a new setting so that the scenes and costumes.

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The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid. The confused emotions and relations of the persons at her court, revolving around Almira herself as the principal figure, form the action of the opera.

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At the end of it hahdel, she marries the man whom she loves. This is unhappy news for Almira, whose heart belongs to her secretary Fernando, a youth of unknown origin. Although Osman is pleased at the prospect of the royal wedding he vows to remain true to his beloved Edilia.


Almira misinterprets a fragmentary message which Fernando has cut on a tree trunk in the woods as a declaration of his love for Edilia, a royal princess. When Fernando pays too much attention to Edilia at a court party, Almira becomes extremely jealous. The bored Osman makes his way to a party given by Bellante, the Princess of Aranda.

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Raymonda presents himself at court as the Mauretanian ambassador and woos Almira. Almira goes to Fernando to tell him of her love, but Osman turns up and challenges Fernando to a duel. Bellante is brusque with Consalvo and once again refuses his advances.

Tabarco delivers a farewell letter and a ruby from Fernando to Almira, haandel now wavers between love and jealousy.

Almira, HWV 1 (Handel, George Frideric)

Osman tries to win back Edilia, who now is attracted to Raymondo. Almira informs Fernando that he has been sentenced to death. But when he tells of his love for her, she sets him free.

When Consalvo sees the ruby, he realises that Fernando is his long-lost son. Now nothing stands in the way of marriage between Almira and Fernando. Handel left his home town of Halle in Saxony inat the age of 18, to take up a position in almifa orchestra of the opera in Hamburg, the only public opera house in Germany.


Mattheson, who also sang in the opera, having completed his role returned to the orchestra pit expecting to resume his place at the harpsichord for the remainder of the performance.

But Handel, who had led the performance while Mattheson sang, refused to give way. Writing in the current fashionable style, Handel created a,mira in both German and Italian.

This is the only one of his operas that has no role for a castrato. Handel was to write three more operas for Hamburg: Unfortunately, almost none of the music of these three early operas has survived. Cast Cast not known. Synopsis The action takes place at the palace of Almira, the Queen of Castille, in medieval Valladolid.

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