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John Holiday (Xerxes) © Karli Cadel
Cooperstown

Handel's Xerxes comes to Glimmerglass

By , 18 August 2017
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Siena

Sarah Connolly brings the best of British to Tuscany

By , 05 August 2017
***11
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William Christie conducts The OAE
London

Prom 23: An evening of angelic choruses

By , 01 August 2017
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Elsa van den Heever (Alcina) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
Santa Fe

Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered: Alcina casts some surprising spells in Santa Fe

By , 29 July 2017
****1
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Handel's La Resurrezione © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Handel’s La Resurrezione brought blazingly to life at the Boston Early Music Festival

By , 15 June 2017
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Bryony Dwyer (Morgana) and Nicole Heaston (Alcina) © Priska Ketterer
Basel

Love finds a balm for pain: Handel’s Alcina in Basel

By , 13 June 2017
***11
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Cello4Berlin and Çellistanbul © Ersin Durmus
Istanbul

Cello Octet resounds at the Hagia Eirene

By , 11 June 2017
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Messiah in Halle © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Halle

Handel's Messiah, 1743 London première version, at the Halle Handel festival

By , 10 June 2017
***11
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Juan Sancho © Juan Sancho
Halle

Baroque tenor Juan Sancho at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 05 June 2017
****1
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Nahuel di Pierro © Alvaro Yanez
London

Rosenblatt bows out in style with a fine recital from Nahuel di Pierro

By , 05 June 2017
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Dominick Felix, Margo Arsane, Jade Moffat, Chloe Treharne and Bertie Watson © Clive Barda
London

Sensitive negotiations: Handel's Radamisto, Guildhall

By , 05 June 2017
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La Risonanza and the Capella Cracoviensis Choir © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Halle

Handel's Esther at the Halle Festival

By , 03 June 2017
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Heidi Stober (Semele) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

All that glitters: Miskimmon's hyperactive Semele opens Garsington’s season

By , 01 June 2017
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Xavier Sabata and Capella Cracoviensis © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Halle

Hammer blow: Handel's Deborah in Halle

By , 01 June 2017
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Messiah © Monika Kolstad
Bergen

A staged Messiah that sheds little light on Handel's oratorio

By , 01 June 2017
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Ann Hallenberg and Maxim Emelyanychev © Thomas Ziegler
Halle

Ann Hallenberg transports Halle Festival audience to Venice, 1729

By , 28 May 2017
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Robert Sellier (Jephtha) and Chorus © Tobias Kruse
Halle

Oper Halle's Jephtha lacks coherency

By , 26 May 2017
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Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Auckland

Dynamic start to Juilliard415's New Zealand tour

By , 26 May 2017
****1
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Sebastian Kohlhepp © Julia Wesely
Göttingen

Outstanding Brockes-Passion at Göttingen Handel Festival

By , 25 May 2017
*****
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Franziska Gottwald
Rosdorf

Dramatic cantatas from Franziska Gottwald in Rosdorf

By , 22 May 2017
****1
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Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle, Progetto Handel © Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano
Milan

Bigonzetti creates a new vertiginous thrill of beauty starring Zakharova and Bolle

By , 20 May 2017
*****
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Sophie Rennert (Lotario) and Marie Lys (Adelaide) © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Göttingen

Handel's Lotario a hit at Göttingen

By , 19 May 2017
***11
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The Ariodante cast © Robert Workman
London

Handel on tour: The English Concert's star-studded Ariodante reaches London's Barbican

By , 16 May 2017
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Theresia Taube © Göttingen International Handel Festival
Göttingen

Israel in Egypt in Göttingen

By , 14 May 2017
***11
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Conductor and harpsichordist Laurence Cummings © Robert Workman
Göttingen

Return of Dominique Labelle to Göttingen

By , 13 May 2017
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Nicholas McGegan © Steve J. Sherman
Gateshead

The story of a nation: Royal Northern Sinfonia's Israel in Egypt

By , 13 April 2017
****1
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JoAnn Falletta © Cheryl Gorski
Virginia Beach

Two discoveries at the Virginia Symphony: a world première … and a great countertenor

By , 09 April 2017
*****
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Susanna Fairbairn © Ros Kavanagh
Dun Laoghaire

An Irish pub setting for Acis and Galatea in Dublin

By , 05 April 2017
****1
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Harry Bicket © Richard Haughton
Cleveland

Harry Bicket charms with all-Baroque Cleveland Orchestra program

By , 30 March 2017
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Agrippina © Annemarie Augustijns
Antwerp

Agrippina meets Dynasty: Joan Collins' spirit hovers over Antwerp

By , 25 March 2017
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Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
London

Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough but little more

By , 15 March 2017
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Matteo Loi (Toante) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Slaughter on Tauris: Handel's Oreste at the Kammeroper

By , 06 March 2017
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Nicholas Spanos © Steven Godbee
Sydney

Ripping the heart from Handel's Messiah in Sydney

By , 04 March 2017
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Christopher Purves (Saul) © Tony Lewis
Adelaide

Glyndebourne's Saul wins over Adelaide

By , 03 March 2017
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Anna Bonitatibus © Frank Bonitatibus
Karlsruhe

Anna Bonitatibus explores heroines of antiquity in Karlsruhe

By , 27 February 2017
****1
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Jakub Józef Orliński © Anita Wasik
Karlsruhe

Music for the Angels: Dixit Dominus and others at Karlsruhe

By , 26 February 2017
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Patrizia Ciofi © Jorge Rodriguez Norton
Karlsruhe

Handel's “Frauenliebe und -leben” with Patrizia Ciofi in Karlsruhe

By , 25 February 2017
***11
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Xavier Sabata © Michal Novak
Budapest

A splendid Solomon in Budapest

By , 01 February 2017
****1
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Agrippina © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Glasgow

Handel’s Agrippina in a swinging 60s production at RCS

By , 21 January 2017
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Valletta

Valletta International Baroque Festival: The Trumpet Shall Sound

By , 12 January 2017
***11
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Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Zürich revives Loy's magnificently entertaining Alcina

By , 02 January 2017
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William Christie © Denis Rouvre
London

Polished, but no cracker: Les Arts Florissants perform Handel’s Messiah

By , 19 December 2016
****1
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Nicholas McGegan © Steve J Sherman
Toronto

Messiah rings in the festive season in Toronto

By , 18 December 2016
***11
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William Christie © János Posztós | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

The arts are blooming in William Christie’s Budapest Messiah

By , 17 December 2016
****1
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Laurence Cummings © Anton Säckl
Washington

Cummings leads a light and fluent Messiah in DC

By , 15 December 2016
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Reinhard Goebel © Christina Bleier
Gateshead

Reinhard Goebel's Messiah: flashes of brilliance

By , 10 December 2016
***11
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Nicholas Kraemer conducts the Chicago Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Kraemer’s ebullient all-Handel program warms a December evening in Chicago

By , 01 December 2016
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Valda Wilson (Theodora) © Robert Catto | Pinchgut Opera
Sydney

Theodora: a musical, if not dramatic, triumph in Sydney

By , 30 November 2016
****1
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Joyce DiDonato and Manuel Palazzo © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

In war and peace: thoughtful virtuosity from Joyce DiDonato at the Barbican

By , 22 November 2016
****1
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Lenneke Ruiten © Victor Thomas
Zürich

“A woeful song in misery extreme”: Handel’s Jephtha in Zurich

By , 20 November 2016
***11
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