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Samuel Mariño (Alessandro) © Anna Kolata
Halle

A bizarre Berenice at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 25 May 2018
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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
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© Arianna Vendittelli
Herzberg am Harz

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

By , 13 May 2018
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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
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Kenneth Tarver © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Göttingen

A stunning Judas Maccabaeus at Göttingen

By , 10 May 2018
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Maarten Engeltjes © Harrison Parrott
Edinburgh

Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 26 April 2018
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Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Los Angeles

A wonderful surfeit of Bach from Les Violons du Roy

By , 26 April 2018
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Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Giulio Cesare in Londra with the marvellous Early Opera Company

By , 11 April 2018
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Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Sydney

Fabulous Mozart from Nicole Car in eclectic Sydney programme

By , 08 April 2018
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Polly Leech as Irene with the RCM Oratorio Society (2016) © Chris Christodoulou (2016)
Snape

Handel's Theodora: Christian Curnyn conducts the Britten-Pears Young Artists at Snape

By , 31 March 2018
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Iestyn Davies (Rinaldo) © Chris Lee
New York City

Bicket and The English Concert leave Carnegie Hall thrilled

By , 25 March 2018
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Kate Lindsey (Ariodante) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Handel’s Ariodante comes from Vienna to Madrid

By , 18 March 2018
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Luca Pisaroni (Argante) and Joelle Harvey (Almirena) © Robert Workman
London

Handel’s calling card Rinaldo still opening doors three centuries on

By , 13 March 2018
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Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
Berlin

Periwigs and a plane tree: Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

By , 17 February 2018
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Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
Cambridge

Immortal thoughts: Mortal Voices from The Academy of Ancient Music in Cambridge

By , 16 February 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Jean Radel
Cleveland

Mozart, Uchida, and The Cleveland Orchestra: an inspired collaboration continues

By , 08 February 2018
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Lawrence Zazzo © Justin Hyer
London

Finely cast Orlando from La Nuova Musica

By , 01 February 2018
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Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

“It must be so": Handel's Jephtha at the Palais Garnier

By , 13 January 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Scotch Beasts and other forms of Britishness in Philadelphia's Winter Festival

By , 11 January 2018
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Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
London

From Rameau to Mahler: Rattle and Kožená entertain in wide-ranging LSO programme

By , 11 January 2018
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
London

No ordinary Messiah at the Barbican

By , 20 December 2017
*****
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Ariodante in Stuttgart © Christoph Kalscheuer
Stuttgart

Rousseau and a boxing ring: Ariodante in Stuttgart

By , 17 December 2017
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Will Liverman © Fletcher Artist Management
Seattle

Messiah is Seattle Symphony’s “Glory to God”

By , 16 December 2017
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Sol Gabetta and Cecilia Bartoli © Esther Hasse | Decca
London

Dolce Duello: Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta in Baroque sparring at the Barbican

By , 01 December 2017
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Fredrk Malmberg © Jan-Olav Wedin
Stockholm

A tightly co-ordinated Messiah in Stockholm

By , 29 November 2017
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Philippe Jaroussky © Vo Van Tao
London

Baroque drama: Philippe Jaroussky's Handel at Wigmore Hall

By , 26 November 2017
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Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig
Paris

Baroque pyrotechnics: Handel's Serse dazzles at Versailles

By , 19 November 2017
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Emőke Baráth © Zsofi Raffay
Vienna

Giulio Cesare in concert: Lawrence Zazzo and Emőke Baráth came, saw and conquered Vienna

By , 18 October 2017
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Christopher Ainslie (Giulio Cesare) and Soraya Mafi (Cleopatra) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare

By , 07 October 2017
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Ann Hallenberg © Örjan Jakobsson
Vienna

A stellar cast for a Handelian rarity: Ottone at the Theater an der Wien

By , 24 September 2017
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Plácido Domingo (Bajazet) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Plácido Domingo returns to La Scala in Handel's Tamerlano

By , 12 September 2017
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Magdalena Kožená and the Venice Baroque Orchestra © Alex Damian
Bucharest

Handel from Magdalena Kožená and the VBO at Enescu Festival

By , 03 September 2017
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Marcus Farnsworth performs Eight Songs for a Mad King © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Proms at... Wilton’s: Conference of the Birds

By , 02 September 2017
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Jeanine De Bique with Chineke! and Kevin John Edusei © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 62: Chineke! Orchestra's late night with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jeanine De Bique

By , 30 August 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Juan Sancho © Juan Sancho
Halle

Baroque tenor Juan Sancho at the Halle Handel Festival

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
***11
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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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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
***11
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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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