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Brenda Rae and Benjamin Hulett © Steve J. Sherman
New York City

“Endless pleasure” in Bicket's Semele at Carnegie Hall

By , 14 April 2019
*****
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Claire Booth (Berenice) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Berenice at the Linbury: sung à la Handel, acted à la Gilbert and Sullivan

By , 27 March 2019
***11
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Ruzan Mantashyan (Mahamaya) and Eric Jurenas (Sir Alexander) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Handel in the British Raj: Harry Kupfer returns to Komische Oper with a rarity

By , 16 March 2019
****1
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Baroque brilliance brought to life by Richard Egarr

By , 07 March 2019
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Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 02 March 2019
*****
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David Szigetvári © Veronika Éder
Budapest

Handel's Joshua at the Liszt Academy, Budapest

By , 26 February 2019
***11
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Lauren Fagan (Alcina) © Felix Grünschloß
Karlsruhe

Handel's Alcina in Karlsruhe: a great production with great singing

By , 23 February 2019
****1
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Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
London

Brecon Baroque celebrates women composers at Kings Place

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
Karlsruhe

Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

By , 15 February 2019
***11
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

Chains of influence: Brahms and Handel from Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 15 February 2019
***11
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Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
Prague

Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

By , 08 February 2019
***11
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
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Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in George Balanchine's Rubies © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet struts its stuff at Gala #86

By , 23 January 2019
***11
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Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
Düsseldorf

All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

By , 17 January 2019
****1
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Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Zürich

Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

By , 06 January 2019
****1
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Benjamin Appl © Uwe Arens | Sony Classical
London

Not quite the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

By , 21 December 2018
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Sophie Bevan © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Britten Sinfonia's electric Messiah: Look, no hands!

By , 19 December 2018
****1
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Paul McCreesh conducts the OSM © Antoine Saito
Montreal

Montreal audience elated with OSM's Messiah

By , 18 December 2018
****1
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Vivica Genaux and Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Melbourne

A box of Baroque tricks: Vivica Genaux and Sydney's Pinchgut wow Melbourne

By , 07 December 2018
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Tamara Mumford © Fay Fox
Cleveland

A festive Messiah heralds the holidays in Cleveland

By , 06 December 2018
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Anthony Roth Costanzo costumed by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein © Dominic M Mercier (Opera Philadelphia, September 2018)
New York City

Baroque and minimalism juxtaposed in Costanzo’s adventurous Glass Handel

By , 26 November 2018
***11
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Cecilia Bartoli © Decca | Kristian Schuller
Amsterdam

Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

By , 23 November 2018
****1
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Lina Dambrauskaite (Semele) © Robert Workman
London

By Jove! A terrific Semele at the Royal Academy of Music

By , 14 November 2018
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Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

A Serse like no other from Maxim Emelyanychev and Il pomo d'oro

By , 26 October 2018
*****
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Jeanine De Bique (Rodelinda) and Tim Mead (Bertarido) © Simon Gosselin
Lille

Handel’s Rodelinda: A strong season opening at Opéra de Lille

By , 06 October 2018
****1
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Katie Bray (Zenobia) and Grant Doyle (Tiridate) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO's Radamisto: Uneven Handel in Hackney

By , 06 October 2018
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Agneta Eichenholz (Alcina), Narea Son (Oberto) and Franco Fagioli (Ruggiero) © Hans Jörg Michel
Hamburg

Christof Loy’s Alcina still bewitches in Hamburg

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Magical musicianship, but drab direction: Alcina at Theater an der Wien

By , 17 September 2018
***11
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Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth © Attila Nagy, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

By , 13 September 2018
****1
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Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
****1
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Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve
Cleveland

Handel, Haydn, Mozart: A superb summer evening at Cleveland’s Severance Hall

By , 24 August 2018
*****
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Anna Prohaska, Giovanni Antonini and Il giardino armonico © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 26: Modern Queens from Anna Prohaska and Il giardino armonico

By , 02 August 2018
****1
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Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) © Paolo Conserva
Martina Franca

Who are the champions? Rinaldo given a rock makeover in Martina Franca

By , 29 July 2018
***11
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Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 19 July 2018
****1
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Galina Averina (Partenope) © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Bradford on Avon

Queen's dating dilemma: Handel's Partenope at Iford

By , 04 July 2018
****1
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Jenni Schaeferhoff and Emanuele Corsini in Neue Suite © Ian Whelan
London

Semperoper Ballett shines in dynamic Forsythe bill

By , 21 June 2018
****1
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Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Sydney

Pinchgut Opera's Athalia in Sydney: fabulous performance marred by directiorial problems

By , 21 June 2018
***11
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Lucy Hall (Galatea) © Dani Harvey
London

#Handel@ENO: Acis and Galatea for the social media age

By , 11 June 2018
****1
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Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey leads terrific revival of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne

By , 10 June 2018
****1
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Francesca Aspromonte (Alceste) and Ann Hallenberg (Teseo) © Thomas Ziegler
Halle

Simply outstanding: Arianna in Creta at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 09 June 2018
*****
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Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Guido Pijper
Rotterdam

Yannick Nézet-Séguin says au revoir to Rotterdam

By , 09 June 2018
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Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

By , 08 June 2018
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Max Emanuel Cenčić © Anna Hoffmann
Halle

Rivals: Max Emanuel Cenčić pits Porpora and Handel against each other in Halle

By , 08 June 2018
****1
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Carolina Lippo (Ifigenia) and Florian Köfler (Filotete) © Herwig Prammer
Bernburg (Saale)

Handel's pasticcio Oreste in Bernburg at Halle Handel Festival

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Parnasso in festa © Marcus Lieberenz
Bad Lauchstädt

Parnasso in festa at the Halle Handel Festival a gorgeous indulgence

By , 28 May 2018
*****
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The female soloists © Thomas Ziegler
Halle

Samson is a great treat at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 27 May 2018
****1
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Samuel Mariño (Alessandro) © Anna Kolata
Halle

A bizarre Berenice at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 25 May 2018
***11
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Christ Church Cathedral Choir, FestspielOrchester Göttingen and soloists © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Göttingen

Two quite different works at Göttingen International Handel Festival prove a hit

By , 19 May 2018
****1
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© Arianna Vendittelli
Herzberg am Harz

Alexander Balus in Göttingen: a wonderful performance, even with cuts

By , 13 May 2018
****1
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Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

By , 12 May 2018
****1
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