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Opera

ENO’s La traviata was so comprehensive a flop that it is painful to go into detail

24 March 2018

9:00 AM

24 March 2018

9:00 AM

Handel’s Rinaldo has not been highly regarded even by his most ardent admirers. I have never understood why — even less so after the recent performance at the Barbican, with stunning forces, including the English Concert, under the inspiring direction of Harry Bicket.

Certainly the plot is absurd, with a last-minute mass conversion of Muslims to Christianity in order to bring things to a happy conclusion.

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