By Winton Dean
Handel ranks with Monteverdi, Mozart and Verdi one of the perfect masters of opera, but among 1754 (when Handel used to be nonetheless dwelling) and 1920 now not one in all his operas was once played wherever. Their revival within the sleek theatre has been one of the so much impressive phenomena within the heritage of the artwork. yet they're nonetheless too little understood, or studied, and till lately no trustworthy smooth variants existed. This long-awaited booklet 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 equivalent to l>Orlando/l>, l>Ariodante/l> and l>Alcina/l> and the bright lighter works l>Partenope/l>, l>Serse/l> and l>Imeneo/l>. each one bankruptcy encompasses a complete synopsis and examine of the libretto, an in depth evaluate of the opera's musical and (often misunderstood) dramatic features, a functionality historical past, and comparability of the various models. a lot new fabric has been included. additionally 4 common chapters throw a bright gentle 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 day. there are various worthwhile Appendices. including its predecessor, the ebook presents the 1st whole evaluate of those works. WINTON DEAN is the main individual British authority at the existence and paintings of Handel; he has additionally written widely on opera generally.