Handel - Imeneo (1742 Dublin version, ‘Hymen’)
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Cat No: GCD923405
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 12th February 2016
ArtistsMagnus Staveland (tenor)
Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Monica Piccinini (soprano)
Fabrizio Beggi (bass)
Cristiana Arcari (soprano)
Though not a success in its Lincoln’s Inn Fields staging in London, Imeneo was directed by Handel as his only Italian work during his season in Dublin (which also saw the first performance of Messiah), complete with additional arias to add to those praised in 1740 and a pruning of the libretto (which hadn’t received approval).
The revised story turns on Tirinto (Ann Hallenberg in Biondi’s modern-day production, as performed at the Handel
Festival in Halle) pining for his beloved and kidnapped Rosmene (Monica Piccinini). Her liberation by Imeneo (Magnus
Staveland) leads to Rosmene being required to decide which of the two Athenians to wed. ‘Hymen’ - as Handel’s work
was known in Dublin – was the god of marriage, and so, will love overcome duty and reason or not?
Fabio Biondi, directing from the violin, brings all his experience in both Italian music and music from the 18th century in delivering a stunning vindication of an unfairly neglected Handel opera.
- Imeneo: Magnus Staveland (tenor)
- Tirinto: Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
- Rosmene: Monica Piccinini (soprano)
- Argenio: Fabrizio Beggi (bass)
- Clomiri: Cristiana Arcari (soprano)
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