LIVE RECORDING FROM THE OPERNHAUS HALLE 2006
Admeto MATTHIAS REXROTH
Alceste ROMELIA LICHTENSTEIN
Antigona MECHTHILD BACH
Trasimede TIM MEAD
Ercole RAIMUND NOLTE
Orindo MELANINE HIRSCH
Meraspe GERD VOGEL
HANDEL FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA HALLE ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS
Conducted by HOWARD ARMAN
Directed by AXEL KÖHLER
Set Design by ROLAND AESCHLIMANN
Costumes by MARIE-THÉRÈSE JOSSEN
George Frideric Handel‘s ‘Admeto’ is considered one of the most successful operas produced in the fi rst 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’ - works he 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.
The recording of ADMETO on this Blu-Ray forms the highlight and also the conclusion of our Handel Festival cycle, which began four years ago with TAMERLANO, and was followed by TESEO.