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Handel and the Age of the Celebrity Singer

None of Handel's successes would have been possible without the world-class line-up of singers which he hand-picked himself on trips to Italy. Donald Macleod looks at three of the most important in his career - Francesco Bernardi better known as the castrato Senesino who sang in no fewer than 17 of Handel's leading roles, and two sopranos - Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni whose infamous rivalry proved to be both a blessing and a curse.

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Wed 21 Dec 2011 12:00

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