George Frideric Handel

Important challenges

Handel managed something which nobody had ever managed before: to make England love opera. He arrived in London in 1712 – contracted by King George I – and wanted to conquer the British capital.

That's why most of this programme takes place in London. We’ll take a trip along the Thames – a backdrop to Handel’s first pieces, we’ll visit Lingfield Park Racecourse – one of the meeting points of England’s “high society”, we’ll go and see a match at The Valley football pitch – a metaphor in English society for taking political and cultural sides, and we’ll visit the West End to see how big musicals still continue to draw huge audiences to this day.
We’ll talk to countertenor Philippe Jaroussky who will introduce us to the fascinating world of the castrati, and we’ll analyse both the personality and work of Handel with the help of theatre producer Nica Burns.

This is a programme about a very competitive man who achieved everything he aimed for and converted opera into something which could be enjoyed by everyone in London.

“Messiah” Salzburg Festival, 2009 ORF, ARTE, UNITEL, Theater an der Wien

"Giuglio Cesare in Egitto" Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, 2004

“Lascia ch’io pianga”, George Frideric Handel Philippe Jaroussky VIRGIN/ERATO DVD La voix des rêves
«Greatest moments in concert» Handel: Rinaldo, Lascia ch’io pianga Quatuor Ebène
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, París, 17 december 2010 Virgin Classics
"Ombra mai fu", George Frideric Handel Philippe Jaroussky La voix des rêves RSI Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano Suiza 1 August 2012 Recording producer and engineer: Ulrich Ruscher Executive producer: Alain Lanceron Copyright Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana under licence exclusive to Erato for Les Voix des Rêves.
"Zadok the priest", George Frideric Handel Orquestra simfònica del Vallès (OSV) Cor Madrigal. Director: Mireia Barrera. Recorded by Catalunya Música.
"Water Music", George Frideric Handel Orquesta sinfónica RTVE Director: Enrique García Asensio

Philippe Jaroussky
Nica Burns