„Rodrigo“, „Giulio Cesare“, „Il pastor fido“
Handel Festivals in Göttingen and Halle
The Göttingen International Handel Festival opens this year on 17 May 2019 in the Deutsches Theater Göttingen with a new production of Handel’s first opera in and for Italy, the dramma per musica “Rodrigo”, which was first performed in autumn 1707 in Florence. On the podium directing the FestspielOrchester Göttingen is once again chief conductor Laurence Cummings, and the director is his compatriot Walter Sutcliffe.
Halle follows suit on 31 May and 1 June 2019 with new productions of “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” and “Il pastor fido”. Both of these are the first performances to use the Halle Handel Edition. Director Peter Konwitschny returns to Halle Opera, his former home, after several decades’ absence, and will present the opera in a new German version of the libretto by Werner Hintze. Michael Hofstetter conducts the Handel Festival Orchestra. “Il pastor fido” in the 1712 version will be performed in the Goethe-Theater Bad Lauchstädt (photo) by Polish period instrument ensemble “Orkiestra Historyszna”, conducted by concertmaster Martyn Pastuszka. The director is Daniel Pfluger. The concert performance of Handel’s “Agrippina” with Les Talens lyriques and its long-standing artistic director Christophe Rousset promises a top-notch line-up of singers on 10 June 2019 in the Ulrichskirche Concert Hall.