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Performer: The English Concert

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LondonHandel: Tamerlano

Barbican
Handel: Tamerlano
Harry Bicket; Bejun Mehta; Michael Spyres; Avery Amereau; Jakub Józef Orliński
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“Endless pleasure” in Bicket's Semele at Carnegie Hall

Brenda Rae and Benjamin Hulett © Steve J. Sherman
A concert performance of Handel's not-quite-an-opera proves a hit on tour in New York. 
*****
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Bicket and The English Concert leave Carnegie Hall thrilled

Iestyn Davies (Rinaldo) © Chris Lee
Even without stage machinery or sets, The English Concert’s performance of Handel’s Rinaldo was enchanting. 
*****
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Handel’s calling card Rinaldo still opening doors three centuries on

Luca Pisaroni (Argante) and Joelle Harvey (Almirena) © Robert Workman
There were plenty of vocal fireworks in this concert performance of Handel’s opera. 
*****
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For teenage kicks: Mozart's Lucio Silla at Buxton International Festival

The cast of Lucio Silla © Robert Workman
The fashion for reviving Mozart's teenage operas brings a vocally dazzling production of Lucio Silla to Buxton, nevertheless hampered by the work's own lack of believable drama and some fairly flat staging. 
***11
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Handel on tour: The English Concert's star-studded Ariodante reaches London's Barbican

The Ariodante cast © Robert Workman
A probing, exultant and musically tireless performance from The English COncert.
****1
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Games of Thrones: Handel's Tamerlano

Handel's psychotic Tartar leader and bedhopping nobles are well served in an excellent collaboration between the Buxton Festival and the English Concert with some outstanding singing from Marie Lys and Owen Willetts.
****1
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