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Opera

Electrifying: London Handel Festival’s In the Realms of Sorrow, at Stone Nest, reviewed

11 March 2023

9:00 AM

11 March 2023

9:00 AM

In the Realms of Sorrow

Stone Nest

The Decision

Great Hampton Works

Hector Berlioz dismissed Handel as ‘that tub of pork and beer’ but it wasn’t always like that. Picture a younger, sexier Handel, rocking into Rome aged 22 and challenging Scarlatti to a keyboard duel. The Italian elite couldn’t get enough of Il caro Sassone, ‘the darling Saxon’, and he repaid them with 80-odd short Italian cantatas: little controlled explosions of character, colour and flamboyant melody in which his whole future career as a musical dramatist can be heard in concentrated form.

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