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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
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Cecilia Bartoli © Decca | Kristian Schuller
Amsterdam

Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

By , 23 November 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lucy Hall (Galatea) © Dani Harvey
London

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

By , 11 June 2018
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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
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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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Max Emanuel Cenčić © Anna Hoffmann
Halle

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

By , 08 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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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
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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
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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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