|George Frideric Handel|
Oreste (Orestes; HWV A11, HG 48/102) is an opera by George Frideric Handel in three acts. The libretto was anonymously adapted from Giangualberto Barlocci’s L’Oreste (1723, Rome), which was in turn adapted from Euripides' Iphigeneia in Tauris.
The opera is a pasticcio (pastiche), meaning that it was cobbled together from earlier works, mainly other operas and cantatas also by Handel. The recitatives and parts of the dances are the only parts composed specifically for this work.
The opera was first performed at Covent Garden Theatre on December 18, 1734. The work was only performed three times in Handel's lifetime, having received a poor reception, and was first revived in 1988.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 18 December 1734
(Conductor: - )
|Oreste||mezzo-soprano castrato||Giovanni Carestini|
|Ermione||soprano||Anna Maria Strada del Pò|
|Filotete||contralto||Maria Caterina Negri|
- Dean, Winton (2006), Handel's Operas, 1726-1741, Boydell Press, ISBN 1843832682 The second of the two volume definitive reference on the operas of Handel
- Anthony Hicks, "Oreste", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed April 2, 2006), grovemusic.com (subscription access).