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Performer: David Bates

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LondonAriodante (Concert Performance)

Handel: Ariodante
David Bates; Alexandra Oomens; Nardus Williams; Polly Leech; Nicholas Tamagna

HalleGala concert with Iestyn Davies

David Bates; La Nuova Musica; Iestyn Davies

RouenSerse

Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
David Bates; Jean-Philippe Clarac; Opéra de Rouen Normandie; Emily D'Angelo; Jakub Józef Orliński

LondonAn Italian Sojurn

Blow, Purcell, Monteverdi, Carissimi
David Bates; Anna Dennis; Nick Pritchard; La Nuova Musica
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Rinaldo revived: Glyndebourne tours its school-based Handel opera

Jake Arditti (Rinaldo) and dancers © Bill Cooper
Blazers and breastplates! This Rinaldo is already eight years old! It’s played at the BBC Proms while almost 40 performances have graced Glyndebourne’s festival and tour up to now, so it must be doing something right.
***11
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Finely cast Orlando from La Nuova Musica

Lawrence Zazzo © Justin Hyer
Handel’s opera Orlando is famous for the great mad scene at the end of Act 2. Specifically written for the celebrated castrato Senesino, it’s an emotionally powerful ten-minute monologue.
****1
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La Calisto: Sublime singing

Jurgita Adamonytė © Oksana
Despite the beautiful sensitivity of La Nuova Musica, coupled with some truly sublime singing, the silliness of Cavalli’s opera is sometimes overplayed in this semi-staged production; less is, sometimes, more.
****1
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A dusty curio: Handel's Berenice, regina d'Egitto

La Nuova Musica and David Bates © Benjamin Ealovega
A strong cast and fine playing from La Nuova Musica gives Handel's Berenice a reasonably fair outing, but its original plot weaknesses constrain this opera from being anything more than a curio for the Handel connoisseur. 
***11
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Friars just wanna have fun: Cesti's Orontea

A very naughty translation and some fine singing make for a delightfully comic evening of Cesti's recently rediscovered Orontea at Wigmore Hall. 
****1
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