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Handel's 'Deidamia' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'Musically the opera bowls along with both speed and distinction; visually it is vaudeville.'

George Frideric Handel: Deidamia. © 2012 Opus Arte

Performed at the beginning of 1741, this was Handel's last opera. He might not have bothered to write it at all if he had foreseen this Dutch production, which abounds in folly and seldom deviates into sense. The story concerns the upbringing of Achilles, whose mother had been informed he would die young in warfare. To forestall such a fate, she had him confined to the delightful Aegean island of Scyros, dressed as a girl among local princesses...

Copyright © 30 December 2012 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: DEIDAMIA

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

DAVID ALDEN

OPUS ARTE

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