Georg Handel

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About the composer Georg Handel

George Frideric Handel (German: Georg Friedrich Händel; pronounced ) (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Handel was born in 1685, in a family indifferent to music. He received critical musical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712) and becoming a naturalised British subject in 1727. By then he was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.
Within fifteen years, Handel, a dramatic genius, started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera, but the public came to hear the vocal bravura of the soloists rather than the music. In 1737 he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively and addressed the middle class. As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never performed an Italian opera again. Handel was only partly successful with his performances of English Oratorio on mythical or biblical themes, but when he arranged a performance of Messiah to benefit the Foundling Hospital (1750) the critique ended. The pathos of Handel's oratorios is an ethical one. They are hallowed not by liturgical dignity but by the moral ideals of humanity. Almost blind, and having lived in England for almost fifty years, he died a respected and rich man.
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Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1A che tardi struggi l'infame

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.20-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melisso/Ruggiero/Oronte
2A jealous friend has snared me

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 2.24

Type: duetVoice: Mz cALanguage: English

Roles: Xerxes/Amastris
3A quai strani perigli

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melisso/Bradamante/Morgana
4A qual rischio vi espone

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Zoroastro/Angelica/Medoro
5Abbruggio avampo e fremo

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
6Adorable Romilda

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 1.09-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Xerxes
7Ah, no, che non m'inganna

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cA cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Unulfo/Bertarido/Eduige
8Ah, si, ecco lo sposo

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda/Grimoaldo/Bertarido
9Ah! devil take me

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 2.22

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Elviro
10Ah! do not weep

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 1.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Atalanta
11Ah! infédele infédel

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero/Alcina
12Ah! love tyrannic love

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Arsamenes
13Ah! mio cor schernito sei!

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
14Ah! mio Ruggier che tenti

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.20-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina/Ruggiero/Bradamante
15Ah! perche giusto ciel tanta pena questo cor

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda
16Ah! perfide qui seil

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Angelica
17Ah! Ruggiero crudel

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 2.20-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
18Ah! stigie larve

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
19Ah! viperous evil

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 2.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Elviro
20Ah! who'll buy these flowers

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 2.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Elviro
21Al lampo dell armi

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
22Al sen ti stringo

Opera: AriodanteComposer: HandelAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Scotland
23All alma fedel

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bradamante
24All excuses are worthless

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S S B SLanguage: English

Roles: Arsamenes/Romilda/Elviro/Atalanta
25Alma del gran Pompeo

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Cleopatra/Curio
26Ama sospira

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Morgana
27Amico, ah, che a me duole

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
28Amor e qual vento

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
29And who would ever guess

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B cALanguage: English

Roles: Elviro/Amastris
30Angelica deh lascia

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Medoro/Angelica
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