Highlight Spring 2019
A captivatingly cool Baroque opera, Drehpunkt Kultur

Handel’s Atalanta as multimedia fairy tale
Händel-Festspiele Halle

8 and 9 June 2019
Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Theater, Bernburg

George Frideric Handel
Atalanta HWV 35 (1736)

Marelize Gerber Atalanta
Amelie Müller Meleagro
Maria Weiss Irene | Christian Zenker Aminta
Reinhard Mayr Nicandro & Mercurio

L’Orfeo Barockorchester
Michi Gaigg Conductor
Kobie van Rensburg Director, Video, Stage

Courageous move into the 21st century
Neues Volksblatt

Atalanta – new perspectives on Baroque opera: Join us for a multimedia spectacle featuring two young couples who disguise themselves in order to experience True Love. The South African director, Kobie van Rensburg, interprets Handel’s pastoral comedy by placing the action in a virtual 21st century reality. His renowned work as a director is based on his profound musical knowledge combined with an innovative perspective through the use of video, animation and blue screen technique.

A coproduction donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau with Händel-Festspiele Halle

Selected critics from the press after the premiere at the donauFESTWOCHEN 2018

Tinder dating with Master Handel and the Royals
Handel’s „Atalanta“ at the Festival in Schloss Greinburg is staged virtually: a lot of SW engineering and a witty text in colloquial German result in warmhearted charm, as well as an exquisitely casted pair of lovers […] Artistic director Michi Gaigg and her L’Orfeo-Barockorchester are the usual guarantee for a lively and sensitive rendering of the brilliant arias […]
Standing ovations.
Die Presse, Walter Weidringer

It was also a highly successful evening musically speaking. Michi Gaigg chooses the ideal tempi and affects thereby uncovering the essence of each scene. Additionally a natural and lively approach makes it an easy ride for the singers, especially Amelie Müller as outstanding Meleagro.
OÖ Nachrichten, Michael Wruss