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Georg Handel

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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 scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Bramo di trionfar Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.25

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero
2Vo cercando la bella cagion Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.24

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero
3A che tardi struggi l'infame Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.20-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melisso/Ruggiero/Oronte
4Ah! mio Ruggier che tenti Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.20-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina/Ruggiero/Bradamante
5Caro vieni Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleofide/Poro
6Trionfa ogg'l mio cor Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

Type: quartetVoice: Mz/cT S cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Angelica/Medoro/Dorinda
7Prendi e vivi Ruggiero Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero/Oronte
8So love bestows its blessing Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.18

Type: Voice: S Mz cT Br BLanguage: English

9Orlando si mora Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz/cT cA B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Orlando/Medoro/Zoroastro/Dorinda
10Non e amor ne gelosia Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.18

Type: trioVoice: Mz Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero/Bradamante/Alcina
11Le lusinghe gl'inganni Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.17

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bradamante/Alcina/Ruggiero
12Sweetest and best of lovers Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.17

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Romilda
13Spirto amato Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 3.17

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleofide
14Per far mia diletta Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.17

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
15Caro bella piu amabile belta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.16

Type: duetVoice: S cA/Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra/Cesare
16Criminals you have betrayed me Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.16

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz B S S cA BLanguage: English

Roles: Xerxes/Ariodatis/Arsamenes/Romilda/Amastris/Elviro
17Dormo ancora o son desto Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.16

Type: duetVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Dorinda
18Barbara io ben lo so Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.16

Type: ariaVoice: trebleLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oberto
19Lieto il Terbo increspi Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.15-2

Type: ensembleVoice: S cT S cA cT B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppaea/Nero/Agrippina/Otho/Narcissus/Claudius/Pallas/Lesbus
20Ecco la mia rivale Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.15-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S cT cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina/Poppaea/Nero/Otho/Claudius
21Ecco il tempo prefisso Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.15

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zoroastro/Dorinda
22Gia vicino e il momento Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.15

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oberto/Alcina
23Son confusa pastorella Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 3.15

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Erissena
24Qui Curio vincitor Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.15

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

Roles: Nireno/Cesare/Sesto/Cornelia
25Rise ye furies from baleful abysses Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.15

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Xerxes
26Gia l'ebro mio ciglio Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.14-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
27Adorato mio sposo Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cT BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina/Claudius/Narcissus/Pallas
28Gia per la man d'Orlando Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
29Sinfonia 2 of 3 Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.14

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

30I'll delay it no longer Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: English

Roles: Xerxes/Ariodatis
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