George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Sosarme, Re di Media

(Sosarmes, King of Media)

Opera in three acts to a libretto by an unknown author, after Antonio Salvi

HWV 30 (first performed in London on 15 February 1732)

Commentary and synopsis PDF


Cappella Accademica Praha (leader: Ondřej Macek), on period instruments.
Costumières: Zdeňka Hošovská, Inka Kroutilová.
Stage director: Zuzana Vrbová.



Mnichovo Hradiště, Czech Republic
(Central Bohemia, near Mladá Boleslav)

Stately home theatre (from 1833)

23 & 24 May, 5, 6 & 7 September 2003

21 May 2003 - public dress rehearsal

Staged performances, at 4.00 pm; on 5 September at 6.00 pm

Sung in Italian

Czech première


There will be a special coach from Prague for the performance on 5 September, leaving from the coach station 'Černý Most', section of chartered coaches (underground station 'Černý Most'), at 5.00 pm.


Admission and coach tickets can be booked in advance at the Mnichovo Hradiště stately home.
Phone: +420-326773098 (daily, except Mondays, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm); fax: +420-326772198; email:
The reserved admission tickets will be available 2 hours before the start of the performance.
Due to the limited capacity of the theatre, advance booking is necessary.
The ticket price includes a visit to the stately home at 2.45 pm.


Karlsruhe, Germany

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (Schloß Gottesaue), Velte-Saal

17 September 20033

Concert performance, at 7.00 pm

Advance booking: +49-(0)721-890851 (12, 13, 15 & 16 September 2003; 11 am - 1 pm).
Tickets will be sold at the box office on 17 September 2003 from 6.30 pm.
Prices: 12 EUR, 8 EUR (reduced)
Further information is available from the Handel Society Karlsruhe: +49-(0)721-890851.


Co-production of the Czech Handel Society, the National Institute for the Preservation of Culture Heritage, Praha, the Friends of Baroque Culture, Mnichovo Hradiště, and the Handel Society Karlsruhe, in the frame of the projects 'Masterworks of Baroque Opera - George Frideric Handel and his Contemporaries' and 'The Baroque Festival' at the stately home of Mnichovo Hradiště.

Under the auspices of H.E. the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague.



Supported by:

Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin
Josef Černý, Mnichovo Hradiště
Česko-německý fond budoucnosti, Praha
The Handel Institute, Great Britain
(Gerard W. Byrne Fund)
Henriette von Haugwitz-Beerberg, Steg, Schweiz
Krajský úřad Středočeského kraje, odbor kultury, Praha
Landkreis Darmstadt-Dieburg, Deutschland
Mervyn Loft-Simson, Upper Wolvercote, Oxford, England
Městský úřad Mnichovo Hradiště
Nadace Český hudební fond, Praha
Barbara Peacock, Alresford, Hampshire, England
Eva Pedrazzi, Zürich, Schweiz
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg
Inge Wolf, Hamburg-Bergedorf, Deutschland



Handel: 'Sosarme, Re di Media'. Stately home theatre at Mnichovo Hradiště, 21 May 2003. A shot from the public dress rehearsal.