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Handel: Operas

Catherine Bott and Laurence Cummings explore Handelian opera seria - or serious opera. This was the dominant operatic form in the 18th Century, with its own rhetoric and conventions, and would have been widely understood and appreciated then.

With soprano, Rebecca Outram and countertenor, Andrew Radley, Catherine and Laurence consider examples from a range of different operas by Handel suggesting ways in which the composer transformed the operatic conventions of his day.

The programme also includes the last of Christopher Gayford's Codas - his brief look at some of the psychological aspects of listening to music.

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1 hour, 8 minutes


Role Contributor
Composer George Frideric Handel

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