Handel's Operas, 1726-1741

Handel's Operas, 1726-1741

Winton Dean


Handel ranks with Monteverdi, Mozart and Verdi one of the splendid masters of opera, but among 1754 (when Handel used to be nonetheless dwelling) and 1920 no longer one among his operas was once played at any place. Their revival within the sleek theatre has been one of the so much impressive phenomena within the background of the artwork. yet they're nonetheless too little understood, or studied, and until eventually lately no trustworthy smooth variations existed. This long-awaited ebook is the sequel to l>Handel's Operas 1704-1726/l>, released in 1987. it's the first examine extensive of Handel's final twenty-two operas, together with significant masterpieces similar to l>Orlando/l>, l>Ariodante/l> and l>Alcina/l> and the intense lighter works l>Partenope/l>, l>Serse/l> and l>Imeneo/l>. every one bankruptcy includes a complete synopsis and learn of the libretto, an in depth evaluate of the opera's musical and (often misunderstood) dramatic traits, a functionality historical past, and comparability of different types. a lot new fabric has been integrated. additionally 4 basic chapters throw a vibrant mild at the historic historical past. Epilogues contact on Handel's dramatic imaginative and prescient, the revival of his operas within the 20th century, and their functionality this present day. there are various worthwhile Appendices. including its predecessor, the publication offers the 1st whole assessment of those works. WINTON DEAN is the main exceptional British authority at the lifestyles and paintings of Handel; he has additionally written largely on opera quite often.

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