|George Frideric Handel|
Teseo (Theseus, HWV 9; Italian pronunciation: [teˈzɛo]) is an opera seria with music by George Frideric Handel, the only Handel opera that is in five acts. The Italian-language libretto was by Nicola Francesco Haym, after Philippe Quinault's Thésée. It was Handel's third London opera, intended to follow the success of Rinaldo after the unpopular Il pastor fido.
The opera was premiered at the Queen's Theatre in London on 10 January 1713. It received an additional 12 performances through 16 May 1713. The singers included the castratos Valeriano Pellegrini and Valentino Urbani. Between 1713 and 1984, there were only two revivals, the first being the revival under Fritz Lehmann in Göttingen on 29 June 1947. In 1985, the tercentenary of Handel's birth, the opera received three revivals. English Touring Opera produced Teseo in October and November 2007.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 10 January 1713
(Conductor: George Frideric Handel )
|Teseo (Theseus)||soprano castrato||Valeriano Pellegrini|
|King Egeo (Aegeus)||alto castrato||Valentino Urbani ("Valentini")|
|Princess Agilea||soprano||Francesca Margherita de L'Epine|
|Priest of the goddess Minerva||bass||Richard Leveridge|
- Erato 2292 45806-2: Eirian James, Della Jones, Julia Gooding, Derek Lee Ragin, Catherine Napoli, Jeffrey Gall; Les Musiciens du Louvre; Marc Minkowski, conductor
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