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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Composer

Born in Germany, he travelled widely, especially in Italy, before settling in England where he enjoyed considerable success. He wrote operas, oratorios (The Messiah-written in only three weeks) and orchestral music (The Fireworks Music and Water Music). A botched eye operation when he was 68 left him blind. He was buried in Westminster Abbey with great national splendour.


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Further Reading: Handel

 Interview, Christopher Purves on Handel

The British bass-baritone talks to Katherine about the second volume of 'Finest Arias for Base Voice', out now on Hyperion.

 Interview, Franco Fagioli on Handel

Katherine talks to the Argentinian countertenor about his new album of arias from operas including Serse, Rinaldo and Ariodante - the latter previously unrecorded by this voice-type.

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