Opera in Hamburg
Sep 2024
Saturday, September 14, 2024


Opera in Hamburg

Christophe Rousset | Les Talens Lyriques

Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

Very few music centres in the country of Germany could resist the dominance of the Italian opera seria in order to go their own, very different ways – but among them and the most prominent was the Hamburg Opera am Gänsemarkt. The theatre had always had a rich tradition and was one of the few opera companies that were not attached to a court, but run by the city, the middle-class burghers, so commercial success was imperative. Accordingly,  any composer who wanted to be successful here had to have a feel for the interests, yearnings and whims of the public and at the same time meet high artistic standards. Moreover, the house placed priority on German-language operas and thus for the first time founded an independent, non-Italian music theatre tradition. The outstandingly productive composer and astute general director Reinhard Keiser steered the theatre’s fate for many years. George Frideric Handel put on the first performance of his first operas here, and Georg Philipp Telemann celebrated his greatest successes in Hamburg.

Star soprano Anna Prohaska has made a name for herself not only on the international opera scene, but has also dazzled her public time and again through her unusual and ingeniously compiled concert programmes. In the recital Opera in Hamburg, she opens up the portals to one of the most extraordinary theatres in the history of German opera and conjures up the tones of Keiser, Handel and Telemann as well as rarities by composers such as Christoph Graupner and Johann Mattheson to resound through the Margravial Opera House.

Anna Prohaska Soprano
Christophe Rousset Musical Director and Harpsichord
Les Talens Lyriques* Orchestra in Residence of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2024

*For its residence in Bayreuth, Les Talens Lyriques receives the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet.



Reinhard Keiser (1674–1739)
Overture from Die entdeckte Verstellung oder Die geheime Liebe der Diana, 1712

“Liebe, sag’ was fängst du an”
Aria from Der hochmütige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus, 1730

Chaconne from Die verdammte Staat-Sucht. Oder: Der verführte Claudius, 1703

“Die Eifersucht bläset“ (Jealousy blasts)
Aria from Die römische Unruhe, oder Die edelmütige Octavia, 1705

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Excerpts from Almira, Königin von Castilien, HWV 1, 1705
Aria: “Geloso tormento”
Aria: “Der Himmel wird strafen”


Johann Mattheson (1681–1764)
Overture from Der edelmütige Porsenna, 1702

“Mein Leben ist hin”
Aria from Die unglückselige Cleopatra, 1704

Minuet from Boris Goudenow, 1710

Christoph Graupner (1683–1760)
“Agitata del tempeste”
Aria from Dido, Königin von Karthago, 1707

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
Overture from Miriways, TWV 21:24 (1728)

“Erscheine bald, du Irrstern“
Aria from Emma und Eginhard, TWV 21:25, 1728

Chaconne comique from Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon  TWV 21:8, 1724

“Du frecher Verräter”
Aris from Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon, TWV 21:8 (1724)

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