In spring each year, the Badische Staatsteater Karlsruhe celebrates Handel in a festival. For the first time since 1982, this important German festival offers a new production of SEMELE directed by Floris Visse, starring Jennifer France in the title role.
George Frideric Handel
Beethoven called him an ‘unrivalled master of all masters’: George Frideric Handel, born in 1685 in Halle, Germany, today is considered one of the greatest composers of the baroque era. He composed 42 operas and 25 oratorios during his life. At the age of 25, Handel moved from Hamburg to London where he lived until his death in 1759. His opera RINALDO became a sensational success; the aria ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ remains widely popular. After the coronation of Hanoverian duke George Louis to King George I. of Great Britain, Handel became the musical director of the King’s Theatre on Haymarket (today Her Majesty’s Theatre). It was here that some of his most famous operas premiered, among them GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTO, AMADIGI DI GAULA and TAMERLANO. Later in his life, Handel turned more and more to sacred music, composing stunning oratorios such as SAUL, JEPHTA and THE MESSIAH with its celebrated ‘Hallelujah’.
THE OPERA PLATFORM revels in the beauty of Handel’s work and proposes four operas: ACIS AND GALATEA from Dublin, ALESSANDRO from the castle of Versailles as well as SEMELE and ARMINIO from the Handel festival in Karlsruhe.
As the symbol of a triumphant monarchy, Versailles was both an artistic and political hub. Faithful to its history, the Opéra Royal de Versailles continues to be the setting for a variety of cultural events. In 2013, leading international artists staged Handel’s ALESSANDRO.
Handel’s ARMINIO was rediscovered thanks to this production first staged at the Handel Festival Karlsruhe in 2016. The much sought after countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić not only sings the title role but also directs this production....
Opera Theatre Company reimagines Handel's pastoral tale ACIS AND GALATEA in a rural Irish pub; an unexpected and strangely appropriate setting for Handel’s glorious music – full of emotion, wit, soaring melodies, enchanting choruses, touching arias and comic moments....