George Frideric Handel

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Alcina review – Royal Opera's witty and vibrant staging full of beastly style
With Antony McDonald’s colourful designs, Richard Jones’s lively production is aimed as much at the eye as at the ear, and Lisette Oropesa is perfect in the title role

Martin Kettle

09, Nov, 2022 @12:38 PM

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How low can you go? Singer Iestyn Davies’s melancholic playlist
What connects a tea towel, a double-decker bus and a facial? The countertenor picks his 10 favourite tracks that distil the beauty of tears, pull at the heart strings and suspend time

Iestyn Davies

25, Oct, 2022 @1:06 PM

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Early Opera Company-Curnyn Amadigi review | classical album of the week
There are glorious and nuanced performances in a new recording of this lesser-known Handel opera, courtesy of Christian Curnyn and his Early Opera Company

Erica Jeal

15, Sep, 2022 @2:28 PM

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Looking West/Philharmonia Baroque review – soaring ambition and vividly projected Handel
Julian Philips sklifully evokes the history and drama of the Cumbrian landscape while the PBO bookend a nicely contrasted new work with some vivacious arias

Andrew Clements

31, Jul, 2022 @3:10 PM

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Alcina review – Handel’s enchanting opera glitters with retro glamour
Jane Archibald rises to the challenge as nightclub proprietor Alcina, as this lavish, campy production – with punchy playing by the OAE – transports the action to a 1960s Italian metropolis

Tim Ashley

03, Jul, 2022 @12:02 PM

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Tamerlano review – Handel’s darkest opera at the Grange festival
Two superb countertenors enact the love-hate relationship between the emperor and his rival in Daniel Slater’s superbly acted and sung production

Tim Ashley

13, Jun, 2022 @9:07 AM

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Handel in Hackney review – easy beauty and determined string playing
The London Handel festival takes the composer’s music into spaces that wouldn’t normally hear it – with mixed results

Flora Willson

27, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Royal Opera House hires intimacy coordinator
Ita O’Brien working on production of Handel’s Theodora to ensure actors feel comfortable during passionate scenes

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

29, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Amadigi review – ETO's small-scale Handel with yoga and walls of fire
The irrationalities of desire among a quartet of lovers are the focus of Handel’s opera in James Conway’s lively and fluent new production

Tim Ashley

04, Oct, 2021 @9:22 AM

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Why can’t Classic FM handle Jimi Hendrix? | Letters
Letters: The radio station’s rigid view of classical music is out of date, argues Meirion Bowen, while Frank Paice applauds Radio 3’s approach and Will Scott finds a link between the rock star and a musician from an earlier era


24, Sep, 2021 @3:38 PM

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Earliest known Church of England hymn by female composer found
Jane Savage’s carol from 1785 was unearthed during research into charity hospital music and will be performed at Ely Cathedral

Erica Jeal

15, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Ariodante review – Paula Murrihy dazzles in Handel's dark drama
In a belated homecoming to Covent Garden, Handel’s gripping opera is played beautifully and sung superbly by a fine cast

Tim Ashley

22, Nov, 2020 @11:37 AM

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