Оригинальное название: Faramondo (HWV 39)
Жанр: Опера в 3-х актах (Концертное исполнение)
Композитор: Георг Фридрих Гендель
Камерный оркестр: I Barocchisti
Музыкальный руководитель постановки и дирижер: Диего Фасолис (Diego Fasolis)
Хор: Swiss Radio Chorus Lugano
Язык: Итальянский с французскими субтитрами
Действующие лица и исполнители:
Faramondo - Max Emanuel Cencic,
Clotilda - Sophie Kartäuser,
Rosimonda - Marina de Liso,
Gustavo - Insung Sim,
Adolfo - Philippe Jaroussky,
Gernando - Xavier Sabata Corominas,
Teobaldo - Filvio Bettini,
Childerico - Teresa Nesci
Впервые опера была исполнена в Королевском театре в Лондоне 3 января 1738. Зрителю были представлены 8 спектаклей и произведение было забыто. Первое современное возрождение состоялось в Галле 5 марта 1976 года. Данное концертное исполнение произведения записано в 2009 году в Opéra de Lausanne.
Постановка примечательна участием в ней контртенора Филиппа Жаруски (иначе Филипп Ярусский).
Об исполнителе почитайте в теме:
"Стефано Ланди - опера «Святой Алексий» /Stefano Landi - Il Sant'Alessio - Philippe Jaroussky - Theatre de Caen/ (Театр Кан - 2007) SATRip"
Адрес - http://intoclassics.net/news/2011-01-01-20601
Based upon the story of Pharamond, a mythological King of the Franks, circa 420 AD and the early history of France, the opera opens with Gustavo (King of the Cimbrians) and Prince Adolfo lamenting the death of Sveno (Gustavo's son) and swearing vengeance upon Faramondo (King of the Franks), by whose hands Sveno was slain. Into this tense situation comes the captured Princess Clotilde (sister to Faramondo), whom Adolfo loves - and it's only by his pleading for her that Clotilde is not slain. Once the two young lovers are left alone, Clotilde extracts a promise from Adolfo to change his allegiance to her brother Faramondo, for love of her. Immediately after, Gustavo's daughter Rosimonda finds her quarters invaded by Frankish soldiers, including Faramondo. As can only be expected in a Handelian opera, Faramondo is instantly struck with love for his fair captive. Even while she rails at him for killing her brother Sveno in battle, and for making an alliance with the Swabian king (Gernando) who is at enmity with the Cimbrians, Rosimonda too finds her heart captured by her erstwhile enemy, Faramondo.
But their sudden love is hindered; King Gernando has plans to keep Rosimonda for himself, and he suspects that Faramondo is not immune to the princess. His plot to kill Faramondo and win Rosimonda is foiled, but Faramondo spares his life.
King Gustavo is not idle in the meantime, for he has arranged his men to capture Faramondo when he learns that his enemy is actually in his very palace. Clotilde of course wants Adolfo to prevent this, and when Adolfo acts on her behalf to save her brother, it's scarcely surprising that a truly dreadful confrontation between Adolfo and his father ensues, which ends with Adolfo being imprisoned for treason. Faramondo's attempt to appease Gustavo and ask for Rosimonda's hand in marriage meets with the lack of success one could have anticipated, for Gustavo desires nothing but his enemy's death.
A surprising meeting occurs - for Gernando, once the relentless enemy of the Cimbrians, suggests an alliance to King Gustavo, based on a mutual desire to bring down Faramondo. Gernando secures Gustavo's agreement that if he can bring Gustavo the head of Faramondo, Gustavo will give him his daughter Rosimonda in marriage.
Rosimonda, though still in love with Faramondo, hides her feelings and tries to make Faramondo leave without her, and this so depresses Faramondo that he does not even bother to resist when Gustavo's soldiers take him. Rosimonda's intervention prevents his death, but sees him imprisoned; at least Adolfo is freed upon Rosimonda's and Clotilde's repeated pleading.
Rosimonda is now so beset with worry for Faramondo's safety that she can no longer hide her love, and plans to free Faramondo herself and flee with him.
Gustavo finds himself betrayed on all sides - Rosimonda has released Faramondo, and his son Adolfo is still stubbornly in love with Faramondo's sister. But Rosimonda is not out of danger, for she is still the love-object of Gernando. Gernando has actually joined forces with a lieutenant of King Gustavo (by name, Teobaldo), persuading Teobaldo to abduct Rosimonda for him. Teobaldo's plans do not stop at this, but he and his men attempt a coup to take Gustavo himself hostage. This sudden turn of events is stopped by Faramondo (who had overheard the entire plot, sent his men to rescue his beloved Rosimonda, and personally stopped the coup attempt). Gustavo embraces his unknown rescuer (whose armour hides his face), and when he realises who had saved him and his daughter, bitterly regrets that his oath MUST be carried out... He must still sacrifice Faramondo in blood-vengeance because of Faramondo's slaying of his son Sveno.
Teobaldo, forgiven by Gustavo, is sent off to fight for the king in Sarmazia.
Rosimonda, whose fate might have been dire but for her successful rescue by Faramondo's men, returns to her father's court, with news that the treacherous Gernando has been captured. But she is in time only to see her father lead Faramondo to the altar in preparation for the blood-oath sacrifice. Disaster lies upon Faramondo - one stroke of the weapon, and he will lie dead... but for the sudden news brought by a messenger direct from Teobaldo. In the letter, Teobaldo (who lies dying of many wounds incurred in Sarmazia) admits that he had not turned suddenly against Gustavo, but rather that his desire to oust Gustavo of his position had been long in the planning. He had in fact switched infants when the king's son was born; in other words, Sveno was NOT the king's son... but Teobaldo's. It slowly sinks in to all present that, since Sveno was not Gustavo's son, Gustavo does not need to kill Faramondo. All ends happily with general rejoicing; Gustavo and Faramondo cry friends, Gernando is released and realises only too late what an ally he had lost in the noble Faramondo, Clotile and Adolfo are united, and so too are Rosimonda and Faramondo.
Фарамонд или Фарамод, Фарамон (фр. Pharamond или Faramond) — мифический предок Меровингов. В соответствии с «Книгой истории франков» (Liber Historiae Francorum), он был сыном Маркомира и отцом Хлодиона. Поэтому долгое время его считали первым королем из династии Меровингов. Однако позже его существование было признано легендарным. Причина была следующая: автор «Книги истории франков» пересказал шесть первых книг Григория Турского, прибавив 21 новый факт, в том числе и имя Фарамонда. Но он не знал историю V века, так как использовал единственный источник — хронику Григория Турского. Так что весьма сомнительно, что он смог спустя 300 лет после этого хрониста открыть неизвестного предка династии Меровингов, в то время как Григорию Турскому это не удалось.