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Premiere Arminio (HWV 36)

Dramma per musica in three Acts by George Frideric Handel

Libretto after Antonio Salvi
Staged performance in Italian

‘Hermann of the Cherusci’ and the Varus Battle found their way into the German founding myth a long time ago. Arminius, whose Teutons roundly defeated three of Varus’ legions, was already described as the ‘Liberator of Germania’ by Tacitus. In Handel’s Arminio, the liberation battle is only the background against which the characters come to terms with themes like honour, duty, obedience, love and freedom, which the renowned Swiss director, Erich Sidler, stages for the Festival.

Antonio Salvi’s libretto is based on the 1684 French tragedy Arminius by Jean-Galbert de Campistron. Arminio premiered in the Covent Garden Theatre on January 12, 1737 but disappeared from the London stage after only six performances. Almost 200 years later, it was revived in Leipzig as Hermann und Thusnelda. After performances in Halle (2014) and Karlsruhe (2015), this late work of Handel’s can now finally be seen in Göttingen.

Pre-performance talk (German): Tobias Wolff, 5 pm, DT-2
Pre-performance talk (English): Amanda Babington, Ph.D., 5 pm, DT-X Keller

The opera premiere will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur. Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast the performance on May 19, 2018 at 7.05 pm.

Further performances:
May 13, 5 pm / May 15, 7 pm / May 17, 7 pm / May 20, 5 pm / May 21, 4 pm

Opera for the whole family
The family version of the opera Arminio takes place Monday, May 21, 2018, 12 noon at the Deutsches Theater Göttingen.

Performance material:
Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel · Basel · London · New York · Praha

Access to the theatre and seating in the stalls is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility, please see the overview.

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12 May
6 pm
Deutsches Theater Göttingen
Duration approx. 3,5 hrs


Erich Sidler Director
Dirk Becker Set designer
Renée Listerdal Costume designer
Michael Lebensieg Lighting

Christopher Lowrey Countertenor – Arminio
Anna Devin Soprano – Tusnelda
Sophie Junker Soprano – Sigismondo
Helena Rasker Contralto – Ramise
Paul Hopwood Tenor – Varo
Owen Willetts Countertenor – Tullio
Cody Quattlebaum Bass-baritone – Segeste

FestspielOrchester Göttingen

Laurence Cummings Musical director