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George Frideric Handel
Composer

Biography

George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grossi and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition. He would become a huge influence on classical composers such as Mozart and Beethoven.

Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. Musicologist Winton Dean writes that his operas show that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never composed an Italian opera again. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks remaining steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, Zadok the Priest (1727), composed for the coronation of George II, has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the sovereign's anointing. Another of his English oratorios, Solomon (1748), has also remained popular, with the Sinfonia that opens act 3 (known more commonly as "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba") featuring at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Handel composed more than forty opera serias in over thirty years, and since the late 1960s, with the revival of baroque music and historically informed musical performance, interest in Handel's operas has grown.


Productions
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Long Beach OperaGiustino5/21/2022 - 5/28/2022
Florida Grand OperaAgrippina5/14/2022 - 5/19/2022
Metropolitan OperaRodelinda3/11/2022 - 3/31/2022
St. Petersburg Opera CompanySemele2/4/2022 - 2/8/2022
Opera Santa BarbaraSemele1/14/2022 - 1/16/2022
Atlanta OperaJulius Caesar11/6/2021 - 11/14/2021
Los Angeles OperaAlcina11/2/2021 - 11/5/2021
Alter Ego Chamber OperaAlcina REVAMPED9/24/2021 - 9/26/2021
Haymarket Opera CompanyOrlando9/16/2021 - 9/30/2021
Pittsburgh OperaSemele5/8/2021 - 5/20/2021
Metropolitan OperaAgrippina2/6/2020 - 3/7/2020
Pittsburgh OperaAlcina1/25/2020 - 2/2/2020
Soundstreams CanadaElectric Messiah12/10/2019 - 12/12/2019
Opera IdahoAcis and Galatea11/8/2019 - 11/10/2019
Houston Grand OperaSaul10/25/2019 - 11/8/2019
Opera PhiladelphiaSemele9/19/2019 - 9/28/2019
San Francisco OperaOrlando6/9/2019 - 6/27/2019
IN SeriesSerse6/1/2019 - 6/9/2019
Lyric Opera of ChicagoAriodante3/2/2019 - 3/17/2019
Indiana University Opera and Ballet TheaterGiulio Cesare2/1/2019 - 2/9/2019
Haymarket Opera CompanySerse9/29/2018 - 10/2/2018
Central City OperaAcis and Galatea7/25/2018 - 8/1/2018
Seagle FestivalGiulio Cesare in Egitto7/18/2018 - 7/21/2018
Pacific Opera VictoriaRinaldo4/19/2018 - 4/29/2018
Opera OmahaAriodante4/10/2018 - 4/21/2018
Fargo-Moorhead OperaAlcina2/9/2018 - 2/11/2018
Washington National OperaAlcina11/4/2017 - 11/19/2017
Houston Grand OperaJulius Caesar10/27/2017 - 11/10/2017
Opera SteamboatAlcina8/10/2017 - 8/12/2017
Santa Fe OperaAlcina7/29/2017 - 8/23/2017
Glimmerglass FestivalXerxes7/15/2017 - 8/18/2017
Pittsburgh Festival OperaXerxes7/14/2017 - 7/22/2017
National SawdustAcis and Galatea7/12/2017 - 7/12/2017
National SawdustAriodante12/21/2016 - 12/21/2016
Canadian Opera CompanyAriodante10/16/2016 - 11/4/2016
Pittsburgh Festival OperaJulius Caesar7/15/2016 - 7/23/2016
operamissionRinaldo6/14/2016 - 6/16/2016
Odyssey OperaEzio6/3/2016 - 6/5/2016
Alamo City OperaAcis and Galatea5/21/2016 - 5/22/2016
Opera OmahaSemele4/8/2016 - 4/10/2016
Opera MODOSemele10/16/2015 - 10/17/2015
Boston BaroqueAgrippina4/24/2015 - 4/25/2015
Seattle OperaSemele2/21/2015 - 3/7/2015
Pittsburgh OperaRodelinda1/24/2015 - 2/1/2015
San Francisco OperaPartenope10/10/2014 - 11/11/2014
Canadian Opera CompanyHercules4/4/2014 - 4/30/2014
Opera RoanokeJulius Caesar3/21/2014 - 3/23/2014
Florentine Opera CompanyJulius Caesar3/3/2014 - 3/30/2014
Opera OmahaAgrippina2/2/2014 - 2/16/2014
Metropolitan OperaThe Enchanted Island2/2/2014 - 3/20/2014
operamissionAgrippina1/16/2014 - 1/19/2014
operamissionRodrigo5/21/2013 - 5/25/2013
Metropolitan OperaGiulio Cesare4/4/2013 - 5/10/2013
Madison OperaAcis and Galatea1/1/2013 - 1/13/2013
Michigan Opera TheatreJulius Caesar11/11/2012 - 11/17/2012
Opera Company of BrooklynAlcina11/2/2012 - 11/2/2012
operamissionAlmira5/26/2012 - 5/31/2012
Canadian Opera CompanySemele5/5/2012 - 5/26/2012
Chicago Opera TheaterTeseo4/4/2012 - 5/5/2012
Lyric Opera of ChicagoRinaldo3/24/2012 - 3/24/2012
Metropolitan OperaThe Enchanted Island1/1/2012 - 12/12/2011
Metropolitan OperaRodelinda11/11/2011 - 12/12/2011
San Francisco OperaXerxes10/10/2011 - 11/18/2011
Fort Worth OperaJulius Caesar5/5/2011 - 6/6/2011
Opera LafayetteAcis and Galatea4/5/2011 - 4/5/2011
Boston Lyric OperaAgrippina3/3/2011 - 3/22/2011
Lyric Opera of ChicagoHercules3/3/2011 - 3/21/2011
Pittsburgh OperaRinaldo1/1/2011 - 2/6/2011
Opera AtelierAcis and Galatea10/10/2010 - 11/11/2010
Glimmerglass FestivalTolomeo7/7/2010 - 7/31/2010
Green Mountain Opera FestivalOrlando6/17/2010 - 6/17/2010
MasterVoicesIsrael in Egypt5/12/2010 - 5/12/2010
New York City OperaPartenope4/4/2010 - 4/17/2010
Houston Grand OperaXerxes4/4/2010 - 5/14/2010
Manhattan School of MusicIl Pastor Fido4/2/2010 - 4/4/2010
Juilliard SchoolAriodante11/10/2009 - 11/10/2009
Los Angeles OperaTamerlano11/1/2009 - 11/27/2009
Central City OperaRinaldo7/7/2009 - 8/8/2009
Opera AustraliaAcis and Galatea6/6/2009 - 7/18/2009
Florentine Opera CompanySemele2/2/2009 - 3/3/2009
Opera AustraliaOrlando11/11/2008 - 12/12/2008
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityJulius Caesar11/9/2008 - 11/15/2008
Glimmerglass FestivalGiulio Cesare in Egitto7/7/2008 - 8/23/2008
San Francisco OperaAriodante6/6/2008 - 7/7/2008
Chicago Opera TheaterOrlando5/5/2008 - 6/8/2008
Florida Grand OperaJulius Caesar4/4/2008 - 5/17/2008
Washington National OperaTamerlano4/4/2008 - 5/22/2008
Portland OperaRodelinda2/2/2008 - 2/16/2008
Opera BostonSemele2/2/2008 - 2/5/2008
Opera AustraliaAlcina12/4/2007 - 12/14/2007
Lyric Opera of ChicagoGiulio Cesare11/6/2007 - 12/12/2007
New York City OperaAgrippina10/10/2007 - 11/11/2007
Opera ViventeAlcina10/10/2007 - 11/11/2007
New York City OperaFlavio4/4/2007 - 4/21/2007
Metropolitan OperaGiulio Cesare4/4/2007 - 4/27/2007
Seattle OperaJulius Caesar2/2/2007 - 3/10/2007
Virginia OperaAgrippina1/1/2007 - 2/18/2007
Washington Concert OperaOrlando11/5/2006 - 11/5/2006
Opera AustraliaJulius Caesar10/10/2006 - 10/10/2006
New York City OperaSemele9/9/2006 - 10/10/2006
Metropolitan OperaRodelinda5/1/2006 - 5/19/2006
New York City OperaAcis and Galatea4/1/2006 - 4/22/2006
San Diego Opera AssociationJulius Caesar4/1/2006 - 4/23/2006
Dallas OperaRodelinda1/1/2006 - 2/1/2006
Arizona OperaSemele1/1/2006 - 1/29/2006
New National Theatre, TokyoSerse1/1/2006 - 1/15/2006
Canadian Opera CompanyRodelinda10/1/2005 - 10/29/2005
San Francisco OperaRodelinda9/1/2005 - 9/29/2005
Berkshire Opera CompanyRinaldo7/1/2005 - 7/13/2005
Opera AustraliaRinaldo7/1/2005 - 8/1/2005
Long Beach OperaSemele6/1/2005 - 6/12/2005
Opera RoanokeAcis and Galatea4/1/2005 - 4/19/2005
Curtis Institute of MusicAlcina4/1/2005 - 4/24/2005
Opera ViventeTamerlano4/1/2005 - 4/16/2005
Opéra de MontréalAgrippina3/1/2005 - 3/23/2005
Chicago Opera TheaterLa resurrezione3/1/2005 - 3/12/2005
New York City OperaOrlando3/1/2005 - 4/1/2005
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of MusicAriodante2/1/2005 - 2/13/2005
Opera ColoradoJulius Caesar2/1/2005 - 2/20/2005
Metropolitan OperaRodelinda1/1/2005 - 12/6/2004
Buenos Aires LíricaAgrippina9/1/2004 - 9/26/2004
Santa Fe OperaAgrippina7/1/2004 - 8/1/2004
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaJulius Caesar5/1/2004 - 5/15/2004
New York City OperaXerxes3/1/2004 - 3/30/2004
Pittsburgh OperaJulius Caesar2/1/2004 - 3/1/2004
Maryland OperaSerse11/1/2003 - 11/21/2003
Houston Grand OperaJulius Caesar10/1/2003 - 11/1/2003
New York City OperaAlcina9/9/2003 - 9/26/2003
Glimmerglass FestivalOrlando7/7/2003 - 8/23/2003
Chicago Opera TheaterAgrippina4/30/2003 - 5/10/2003
New York City OperaFlavio4/4/2003 - 4/23/2003
The Cleveland OperaJulius Caesar12/7/2002 - 12/12/2002
San Francisco OperaAlcina11/11/2002 - 12/12/2002
Houston Grand OperaAriodante11/3/2002 - 11/16/2002
San Francisco OperaGiulio Cesare6/6/2002 - 7/7/2002
Chicago Opera TheaterSemele5/5/2002 - 5/10/2002
New York City OperaAgrippina4/4/2002 - 4/23/2002
Canadian Opera CompanyGiulio Cesare4/4/2002 - 4/21/2002
San Diego Opera AssociationAriodante2/2/2002 - 2/17/2002
Pacific Opera VictoriaJulius Caesar2/2/2002 - 2/23/2002
Glimmerglass FestivalAgrippina7/7/2001 - 8/25/2001
Chicago Opera TheaterAcis and Galatea6/6/2001 - 6/16/2001
New York City OperaAcis and Galatea3/3/2001 - 3/27/2001
Los Angeles OperaGiulio Cesare2/2/2001 - 3/10/2001
San Francisco OperaSemele11/4/2000 - 11/21/2000
New York City OperaRinaldo10/30/2000 - 10/30/2000
Glimmerglass FestivalAcis and Galatea7/7/2000 - 8/29/2000
Utah Festival OperaJulius Caesar7/7/2000 - 7/29/2000
Metropolitan OperaGiulio Cesare4/28/2000 - 5/6/2000
Florida Grand OperaGiulio Cesare2/2/2000 - 2/26/2000
Virginia OperaRodelinda2/2/2000 - 2/20/2000
Opera AustraliaGiulio Cesare1/1/2000 - 1/30/2000
Anchorage OperaSemele1/1/2000 - 1/30/2000
Lyric Opera of ChicagoAlcina10/10/1999 - 11/28/1999
New York City OperaAriodante9/9/1999 - 9/30/1999
Colorado Opera FestivalAcis and Galatea6/6/1999 - 6/20/1999
Opera AustraliaRinaldo6/6/1999 - 12/12/1999
Metropolitan OperaGiulio Cesare4/4/1999 - 4/24/1999
Opera AtelierResurrection4/1/1999 - 4/3/1999
Portland OperaJulius Caesar3/3/1999 - 4/3/1999
Canadian Opera CompanyXerxes1/1/1999 - 2/1/1999
Dallas OperaAriodante11/11/1998 - 11/27/1998
Opera QueenslandJulius Caesar10/1/1998 - 10/18/1998
New York City OperaPartenope9/9/1998 - 9/26/1998
Glimmerglass FestivalPartenope7/7/1998 - 7/31/1998
Manhattan School of MusicTolomeo1/20/1998 - 1/20/1998
Manhattan School of MusicAriodante1/1/1998 - 1/28/1998
New York City OperaXerxes11/5/1997 - 11/15/1997
Santa Fe OperaSemele7/7/1997 - 8/22/1997
Opera AustraliaJulius Caesar7/1/1997 - 8/1/1997
Berkshire Opera CompanySemele7/1/1997 - 7/14/1997
Manhattan School of MusicAlcina4/4/1997 - 4/5/1997
San Francisco OperaEzio4/1/1997 - 4/29/1997
Seattle OperaXerxes2/2/1997 - 3/5/1997
Virginia OperaJulius Caesar1/1/1997 - 2/7/1997
Opera AustraliaXerxes7/1/1996 - 8/1/1996
Manhattan School of MusicTamerlano4/3/1996 - 4/4/1996
Opera AustraliaAlcina4/1/1996 - 6/1/1996
Boston Lyric OperaXerxes3/3/1996 - 3/17/1996
Lyric Opera of ChicagoXerxes9/9/1995 - 10/20/1995
Opera AustraliaSemele8/1/1995 - 8/19/1995
Glimmerglass FestivalTamerlano7/7/1995 - 8/21/1995
Opera AustraliaJulius Caesar3/1/1995 - 4/1/1995
Skylight Music TheatrePartenope1/1/1995 - 2/1/1995
Manhattan School of MusicGiulio Cesare11/1/1994 - 11/18/1994
Opera AustraliaXerxes11/1/1994 - 11/5/1994
Los Angeles OperaXerxes10/1/1994 - 11/1/1994
Opera AustraliaJulius Caesar6/1/1994 - 7/1/1994
Edmonton OperaJulius Caesar3/1/1994 - 3/24/1994
Minnesota OperaJulius Caesar1/1/1994 - 1/29/1994
Santa Fe OperaXerxes7/1/1993 - 8/1/1993
Curtis Institute of MusicAlcina12/1/1992 - 12/12/1992
Opera AtelierAcis and Galatea10/1/1992 - 10/16/1992
Opera AustraliaAlcina9/1/1992 - 10/1/1992


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