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Home » Composers » German Composers » GF Handel » Handel Operas

Operas by George Frideric Handel

(Georg Friedrich Händel)

For detailed information an opera, including recommended recordings, click on the appropriate page:

Admeto (1727)
Agrippina (Venice, 1709)
Alcina (1735)
Alessandro (1726)
Almira (Hamburg, 1704)
Amadigi di Gaula (1715)
Arianna in Creta (1734)
Ariodante (1735)
Arminio (1737)
Atalanta (1736)
Berenice (1737)
Deidamia (1741)
Ezio (1732)
Faramondo (1738)
Flavio (1723)
Floridante (1721)
Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1724)
Giustino (1737)
Imeneo (1740)
Lotario (1729)
Muzio Scevola (1721)
Orlando (1733)
Ottone (1723)
Partenope (1730)
Il Pastor Fido (1712)
Poro (1731)
Radamisto (1720)
Riccardo Primo (1727)
Rinaldo (1711)
Rodelinda (1725)
Rodrigo (Florence, 1707)
Scipione (1726)
Serse (Xerxes) (1738)
Silla (1713)
Siroe (1728)
Sosarme (Fernando) (1732)
Tamerlano (1724)
Teseo (1713)
Tolomeo (1728)

Handel's Pasticcio Operas & Oratorios

Handel's Oratorios

Handel's Oratorios as arranged by Mozart

Handel's Cantatas, Arias & Other Vocal Recordings

Lost Hamburg Operas

Nero (HWV 2, Hamburg 1705). Music apparently lost.

Der beglügkte Florindo (HWV 3, Hamburg 1706). Most music apparently lost.

Die verwandelte Daphne (HWV 4, Hamburg 1706). Most music apparently lost.


Winton Dean. Handel's Operas, 1726-1741. Details. 608 pages. The Boydell Press, November 2006. The long-awaited companion to Dean & Knapp (1987). Covers Handel's operas from Alessandro to Deidamia. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Winton Dean & John Merrill Knapp. Handel's Operas, 1704-1726. Oxford University Press 1987. 771 pages. Essential reference. There were a few minor additions to the paperback reprint, but the hardcover is easier to use. Covers Handel's operas from Almira to Scipione. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Paperback reprint with additions, 1995. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Boydell Press reprint, 2009. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Richard King (ed.) Handel Studies - A Gedenkshrift for Howard Serwer. Details. Pendragon Press 2008. Includes an article by Winton Dean about Handel's Giove in Argo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reinhard Strohm. Essays on Handel and Italian Opera. Collection of Strohm's essays, some published in English for the first time. A book to which I return repeatedly. Cambridge University Press, 1985. Contents include: Handel's Italian journey as a European experience; Handel and his Italian opera texts; Francesco Gasparini's later operas and Handel; Towards an understanding of the opera seria; Handel's pasticci; Handel's Ezio; Metastasio's Alessandro nell'Indie and its earliest settings; Comic traditions in Handel's Orlando. US | UK | FR | CA
Paperback reprint 2008. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reinhard Strohm. Dramma per Musica: Italian Opera Seria of the Eighteenth Century. Details. Yale University Press, 1997. 326 pages. The author's second collection of his articles about 18th Century serious opera. Contents include: Tolomeo: Handel's opera and the rules of tragedy; Arianna in Creta: musical dramaturgy; Handel's Ariodante: Scotland and Arcadia. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Morris S. Levy & John Milton Ward (eds.) The King's Theatre Collection. Ballet and Italian Opera in London 1706-1883. From the John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection, Harvard Theatre Collection. 553 pages. Harvard University Press. Revised and expanded edition 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Ellen Harris (ed.) The Librettos of Handel's Operas. 13 volumes, hardcover. Garland Publishing Co. Facsimiles, with brief introductory notes by the editor. Very rare and out-of-print. Extremely difficult to find complete, but essential for the study of Handel's operas. Excludes Handel's pasticcios and librettos from third-party performances in Hamburg and elsewhere.
Lorenzo Bianconi & Giuseppina La Face Bianconi (eds.) Libretti italiani di Georg Friedrich Händel e loro fonti. 3 Volumes. Olschki, Florence. Includes Handel's pasticci. Not facsimiles.

Volume I (1992): I testi Händeliani. Da "Vincer se stesso à la maggior vittoria" a L'Epidia, overo Li rivali generosi" (1725). ISBN: 8822239261. Contents.

Volume II (forthcoming): Le fonti (1726-1733). Details.

Volume III (forthcoming): Le fonti (1734-1741). Details.

David Kimbell. The Operas of Handel: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press. Details. ISBN: 0521521602. Forthcoming 2011? I have no idea what to expect. David Kimbell is the author of "The 'Amadis' operas of Handel and Destouches." Music & Letters 49: 329-346 (1968).

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