George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (/ˈhændəl/; baptised Georg Friederich Händel, German: [ˈɡeːɔʁk ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈhɛndl̩] 23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759 ) was a German-British Baroque composer becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grossi, and organ concertos. Handel received his training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712, where he spent the bulk of his career and became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition and by composers of the Italian Baroque. Handel started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. In 1737 he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively, and addressed the middle class and made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742), he never composed an Italian opera again. His orchestral Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks remain steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, Zadok the Priest, has been performed at every British coronation since 1727. Almost blind, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man, and was given a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Handel composed more than forty opera serias over a period of more than thirty years.

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  • Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2021)

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto by G. F. Händel, from Theater an der Wien performed at Theater an der Wien, 2021. Directed by Keith Warner, conductor Ivor Bolton, starring Bejun Mehta, Louise Alder, Christophe Dumaux, Patricia Bardon, Jake Arditti, Simon Bailey and Konstantin Derri.

    Performed in Italian...

  • Agrippina (2016)

    Agrippina by G.F. Händel, from Theater an der Wien, 2016. Directed by Robert Carsen, conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, starring Danielle de Niese, Christoph Seidl, Mika Kares, Filippo Mineccia, Damien Pass, Jake Arditti, Patricia Bardon and Tom Verney. Performed in Italian and subtitled in English, I...

  • Hercules (2004)

    Hercules by G. F. Handel, from Opéra de Paris - Garnier, performed at Palais Garnier, 2004. Directed by Luc Bondy, conductor William Christie, starring Malena Ernman,Joyce DiDonato,Toby Spence,Ingela Bohlin,William Shimell,Simon Kirkbride. Performed in English.

  • Semele (2020)

    Semele by Georg Friedrich Händel, from Alexandra Palace Theatre, London, United Kingdom, 2020. Directed by Robert Kealey, conductor John Eliot Gardiner. Starring Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, with Louise Alder, Hugo Hymas and more. Performed in English and Subtitled in English, Fren...

  • George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2011)

    Alcina by George Frideric Handel, from Live recording from the Wiener Staatsoper 2010, 2011. Directed by Matthias Leutzendorff, conductor Marc Minkowski. Starring Wiener Staatsopernchor; Anja Harteros, Alcina; Veronica Cangemi, Morgana; Vesselina Kasarova, Ruggiero; Kristina Hammarström, Bradaman...

  • Agrippina (2003)

    Agrippina by G.F.Handel, from Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, performed at Théâtre Municipal Raymond Devos, 2003. Directed by Frédéric Fisbach, conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire, starring Philippe Jaroussky, Nigel Smith, Véronique Gens, Ingrid Perruche, Grégoire, Bernard Deletré, Fabrice Di Falco, Ala...

  • Ariodante (2007)

    Ariodante by G.F. Händell, from Spoleto Festival, 2007. Directed by John Pascoe, conductor Alan Curtis, starring Ann Hallenberg, Vittorio Prato, Zachary Stains, Carlo Lepore, Mary-ellen Nesi, Laura Cherici and Marta Vandoni Iorio. Performed in Italian and subtitled in English, German, French, Spa...

  • Rinaldo (2019)

    Rinaldo by G. F. Handel/L. Leo, from Festival della Valle d'Itria, performed at Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, 2019. Directed by Giorgio Sangati, conductor Fabio Luisi, starring Carmela Remigio, Francesca Ascioti,Valentina Cardinali,Dara Savinova, Teresa Iervolino, Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Lor...

  • Rinaldo (2011)

    Rinaldo by G.F. Händel from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, performed at Glyndebourne Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne, 2011. Directed by Robert Carsen, conductor Ottavio Dantone. Starring Sonia Prina (Rinaldo), Anett Fritsch (Almirena), Brenda Rae (Armida), Luca Pisaroni (Argante), Varduhi Abrahamyan...

  • Barockstar - George Frideric Handel (2009)

    „Barockstar“ tells the story of Handel‘s life as he journeyed through baroque Europe, leaving Germany for Italy and experiencing Florence, Rome and Venice, before arriving in London to begin the career that would bring him a worldwide reputation. The film shows the original locations in Halle, Ro...

  • L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (2014)

    L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato by G F. Handel, from Mark Morris Dance Group, performed at Teatro Real, 2014. Conductor Jane Glover, starring Sarah-Jane Brandon (Soprano), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor) and Andrew Foster-Williams

  • Aci Galatea e Polifemo (2009)

    Aci Galatea e Polifemo by G.F.Handel, from Torino Teatro Regio, 2009. Directed by Davide Livermore, conductor Antonio Florio, starring Sara Mingardo, Ruth Rosique, Antonio Abete, Sax Nicosia, Luisa Baldinetti, Cristina Banchetti, Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini Orchestra, Antonio Florio. Perfor...

  • Great Arias - Yvonne Kenny - Giulio Cesare - "Piangerò la sorte mia" (1995)

    Great Arias Yvonne Kenny - Giulio Cesare: "Piangerò la sorte mia" from Opera Australia, 1995. Conductor Richard Hickox.

  • Great Arias - David Daniels - Rinaldo - "Cor ingrato" and "Venti,Turbini" (2002)

    Great Arias David Daniels - Rinaldo: "Cor ingrato" and "Venti, Turbini" from Prinzregententheater, 2002. Conductor Harry Bicket.

  • Great Arias - David Daniels - Rinaldo - "Cara sposa, amante cara"(2002)

    Great Arias David Daniels - Rinaldo: "Cara sposa, amante cara", by G.F. Handel, from Prinzregententheater, 2002. Conductor Harry Bicket, starring David Daniels (Rinaldo)