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Early Music, Opera Feature Print

Handel, Part 2: Extant Operas

Presented in Honor of Jack Lane, Lifelong Handelian

November 26, 2020 - Raleigh, NC:

Coping with crisisIn the first part of our study of Handel's major vocal works, we addressed the oratorios. Now we turn to the operas, of which there are even more, not counting the lost ones. We tabluate all of them here..., yes, all of them. And all but a handful are available for free on YouTube, with scores at IMSLP. We have provided all the links we can. We encourage you to take advantage of the oppotunity to hear all of these magnificent works, perhaps even in the order of composition, and maybe even for the first time (if we calculate this correctly) since their sequential presentation in London by Handel himself. Surviving members of The Handel and Haydn Society in Newport News (see part one of this pair) may surely consider this the fulfillment of several whole lifetimes of fascination and amzaement at the sublime artistry of these masterworks. Enjoy.

Extant Handel Operas (based on the list at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_operas_by_George_Frideric_Handel). For synopses/libretti beyond those called out below, see http://www.haendel.it/ (offline as of 11/26/20 but this is/was a reliable source of Handel libretti, so we hope this site will soon return to life…).


HWV 1 Almira (Der in Krohnen erlangte Glücks-Wechsel, oder: Almira, Königin von Castilien) Friedrich Christian Feustking, after Giulio Pancieri 8 Jan 1705 Hamburg, Oper am Gänsemarkt; 4 Jun 1994, Handel Festival, Bad Lauchstädt. Some music lost; announced as a Singspiel but has no spoken dialogue. The libretto is a mix of Germ. and Ital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjL-YenFpJc HWV1 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/almira/ & https://operamission.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/almira-program-book1.pdf & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/5d/IMSLP18968-PMLP29677-HG_Band_55.pdf

2 Nero (Die durch Blut und Mord erlangete Liebe) Friedrich Christian Feustking 25 Feb 1705 Hamburg, Oper am Gänsemarkt. Handel's second opera, first performed two days after his 20th birthday; music lost. HWV2 https://www.loc.gov/item/2010665929/

3 Florindo (Der beglückte Florindo) Hinrich Hinsch Jan 1708 Hamburg, Oper am Gänsemarkt. Almost all of the music is lost but see 3 mvts of suite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za3JMWtSJfI. Notes: Almost all music lost; originally composed as a single opera (Florindo und Daphne) combined with Daphne (HWV 4) but divided before performances. HHA edition: IV/19 (fragment) See https://www.allmusic.com/composition/florindo-der-begluckte-florindo-opera-hwv-3-fragment-mc0002546108 HWV3 Suite: https://imslp.org/wiki/Suite_in_B-flat_major,_HWV_354_(Handel,_George_Frideric) & Chorus & Minuet https://imslp.org/wiki/Chorus_and_Minuet_in_B-flat_major,_HWV_344_(Handel,_George_Frideric)

4 Daphne (Die verwandelte Daphne) Hinrich Hinsch Jan 1708 Hamburg, Oper am Gänsemarkt. A sequel to Florindo, intended to be performed on the day after it. Not in Y-T. Notes: Almost all music lost; originally composed as single opera ("Florindo und Daphne") combined with Florindo (HWV 3) but divided before performances. HHA edition: IV/19 (fragment). Apparently not recorded. HWV4 Suite 1 https://imslp.org/wiki/Suite_in_B_flat_major,_HWV_352_(Handel,_George_Frideric) & Suite 2 https://imslp.org/wiki/Suite_in_G_major,_HWV_353_(Handel,_George_Frideric)

5 Rodrigo (Vincer se stesso è la maggior vittoria) After Francesco Silvani's II duello d'Amore e di Vendetta Ital. libretto c.Nov 1707. Florence, Teatro di via del Cocomero; 1984, Innsbruck. Some music is lost. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCZnWcnI7U4 HWV5 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/rodrigo/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/7/7d/IMSLP18969-PMLP44801-HG_Band_56.pdf

6 Agrippina Vincenzo Grimani 26 Dec 1709, early 1710 Venice, Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo; 1943, Halle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ6fP5MTXgU score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/b/bc/IMSLP18970-PMLP44803-HG_Band_57.pdf HWV6 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/agrippina/ & https://www.opera-arias.com/handel/agrippina/libretto/english/

7a/b Rinaldo Giacomo Rossi/Aaron Hill, after Tasso, La Gerusalemme liberate Ital. libretto 24 Feb 1711 London, Queen's Theatre; Jun 1954, Handel Festival Halle. HWV 7b is the 1731 revision; the libretto of a revision of 1717 also exists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7gRdfqOGPI score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/f/fa/IMSLP18971-PMLP44807-HG_Band_58.pdf HWV7a https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/rinaldo/ HWV7b HWV 7b is the 1731 revision; the libretto of a revision of 1717 also exists

8a/b/c Il pastor fido Giacomo Rossi, after Giovanni Battista Guarini 8b Ital. libretto, 8c Ital. libretto 22 Nov 1712 London, Queen's Theatre; 20 Jun 1948, Handel Festival Göttingen (third, Nov 1734 version); 14 Sep 1971, Abingdon, (first, 1712 version); HWV 8c designates the version of May 1734 and its Nov revival. The prologue Terpsicore added to the Nov 1734 revival is 8b. Treating this differently from all the others…: The prologue was composed after the tepid initial response to the opera, but revisiting these works today, it makes sense to see the prologue first, so Terpsichore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKqLeLpRtEQ&t=768s or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKqLeLpRtEQ here precedes the opera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZNa8wqxbtQ. See also HWV8a https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/il-pastor-fido/. This is the score (and 2 pages of text) for Terpsichore https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/4/4e/IMSLP19067-PMLP44863-HG_Band_84.pdf and this is the score for (the 3rd version of) the opera (HWV 8c) https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/7/7b/IMSLP18976-PMLP44816-HG_Band_59.pdf. Note that HWV 8b's title is Terpsicore and Oreste. See https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/terpsicore-and-oreste/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terpsicore.

9 Teseo Nicola Francesco Haym, after Philippe Quinault's libretto for Thésée Ital. libretto 10 Jan 1713 London, Queen's Theatre 29 Jun 1947, Handel Festival Göttingen. 5 acts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af5odPmIr7s HWV9 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/teseo/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/58/IMSLP634440-PMLP44820-handel_arnold_teseo_ContentServer_20200703_215447.pdf and https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/d/d1/IMSLP18978-PMLP44820-HG_Band_60.pdf

10 Silla Giacomo Rossi, after Plutarch's Life of Sulla Ital. libretto 2 Jun 1713? London, Queen's Theatre? (or Burlington House ?). Much of the music was re-used in Amadigi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX9NE1-g0NI HWV10 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/silla/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/a/aa/IMSLP18981-PMLP44824-HG_Band_61.pdf

11 Amadigi di Gaula Rossi or Haym (?), after Antoine Houdar de la Motte's Amadis de Grèce, 1699 Ital. libretto 25 May 1715 London, King's Theatre; Osnabrück,1929. Various additions during the initial run and the revivals of 1716 and 1717. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER7Dotn6m28 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/amadigi-di-gaula/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c7/IMSLP18982-PMLP44827-HG_Band_62.pdf

12a/b Radamisto Haym (?), after Domenico Lalli's L'amor tirannico, o Zenobia Ital. libretto 27 Apr 1720 London, King’s Theatre 27 Jun 1927, Handel Festival Göttingen. Librettos of the revised versions of Dec 1720 and 1728 exist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PpcWs9R2fY HWV12a http://gfhandel.org/recordings/reviews/hwv012virgin.htm & https://moam.info/radamisto-libretto-george-frideric-handel_5a20b9371723dd9f56859c6c.html HWV12b https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/radamisto/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/a/a6/IMSLP18984-PMLP44829-HG_Band_63.pdf

13 Muzio Scevola Act III only. Paolo Antonio Rolli, after a reworking of a Nicolò Minato libretto by Silvio Stampiglia Ital. libretto 15 Apr 1721 London, King’s Theatre; 1928, Essen (Act 3 only); only Act 3 is by Handel. (Act I is by Filippo Amadei; Act II is by Giovanni Bononcini.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZycqW9lMkU HWV13 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/muzio-scevola/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/c/cb/IMSLP18986-PMLP44836-HG_Band_64.pdf

14 Floridante Rolli, after Francesco Silvani's La costanza in trionfo Ital. libretto 9 Dec 1721 London, King’s Theatre 10 May 1962, Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon Revised versions premiered in 1722, 1727 and 1733. Playlist 65 videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtM_JxOqMKo0hKqzwzaONoXad4MT4pEg8 HWV14 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/floridante/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/5f/IMSLP18987-PMLP44839-HG_Band_65.pdf

15 Ottone Haym, after Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino's libretto for Antonio Lotti's opera Teofane Ital. libretto 12 Jan 1723 London, King’s Theatre 5 Jul 1921, Handel Festival Göttingen. Revised versions premiered in 1726 and 1733. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXM0zBeaFzg HWV15 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/ottone/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/4/48/IMSLP247772-PMLP44840-Ottone_1723.pdf or https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/b/ba/IMSLP18989-PMLP44840-HG_Band_66.pdf

16 Flavio Haym, after M. Noris's Il Flavio Cuniberto Ital. libretto 14 May 1723 London, King’s Theatre 2 Jul 1967, Handel Festival Göttingen. The libretto of the revised version of 1732 exists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2gj_bJa3ZI HWV16 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/flavio/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/e/e8/IMSLP18990-PMLP44841-HG_Band_67.pdf

17 Giulio Cesare Haym Ital. libretto 20 Feb 1724 London, King’s Theatre; 1922, Handel Festival Göttingen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYrhRv59l78 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYrhRv59l78 HWV17 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/giulio-cesare/ & score http://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c3/IMSLP240383-PMLP35138-H%C3%A4ndel_-_Cesare.pdf or https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/2/24/IMSLP18997-PMLP35138-HG_Band_68.pdf

18 Tamerlano Haym, after Agostin Piovene and Nicholas Pradon Ital. libretto 31 Oct 1724 London, King’s Theatre; 7 Sep 1924, Karlsruhe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VylpbylIv1A HWV18 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/tamerlano/ & score http://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/b/b9/IMSLP18998-PMLP44843-HG_Band_69.pdf

19 Rodelinda Haym, after Antonio Salvi, after Pierre Corneille's play Pertharite, roi des Lombards Ital. libretto 13 Feb 1725 London, King’s Theatre; 26 Jun 1920, Handel Festival Göttingen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdyQz5msPXE HWV19 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/rodelinda/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/8/86/IMSLP19008-PMLP44845-HG_Band_70.pdf

HWV A1: L'Elpidia, overo Li rivali generosi Opera (pasticcio) ?Nicola Haym, after A. Zeno, 1697 1725 11 May 1725: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (10 perfs to 19 Jun) 30 Nov 1725: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (4 perfs to 11 Dec). (Not in imslp.)

20 Scipione Rolli Ital. libretto 12 Mar 1726 London, King’s Theatre; 1937, Handel Festival Göttingen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGtPd8aWzhY HWV20 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/scipione/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/7/7d/IMSLP19010-PMLP44850-HG_Band_71.pdf

21 Alessandro O. Mauro Ital. libretto 5 May 1726 London, King’s Theatre; 1959, Stuttgart (in Germ.). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_mdGkRRyHA HWV21 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/alessandro/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/4/44/IMSLP511236-PMLP44851-Alexander,_HWV_21_(Georg_Friedrich_H%C3%A4ndel),_1726.pdf or https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/1/13/IMSLP19021-PMLP44851-HG_Band_72.pdf

22 Admeto Haym Ital. libretto 31 Jan 1727 London, King’s Theatre; 1964, Abingdon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMyIwEzLjUY HWV22 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/admeto/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/8/88/IMSLP19035-PMLP44852-HG_Band_73.pdf

23 Riccardo Primo Rolli, after Francesco Briani Ital. libretto 11 Nov 1727 London, King’s Theatre; 8 Jul 1964, Sadler's Wells Theatre (Handel Opera Society), London. Playlist 67 videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-Is_2K2fYsfqqd2KhGClB9YjwC9dR2Jc HWV23 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/riccardo-primo/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/3/30/IMSLP19036-PMLP44853-HG_Band_74.pdf

HWV A2: Olibrio or Genserico Opera After Beregan, 1693 ?Jan 1728 A fragment; only part of Act 1 drafted; never completed. (Not in imslp.)

24 Siroe Haym, after Metastasio Ital. libretto 17 Feb 1728 London, King’s Theatre; Dec 1925, Gera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP_M_uTeBNw HWV24 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/siroe/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/7/7c/IMSLP19037-PMLP44854-HG_Band_75.pdf

25 Tolomeo Haym, adapted from Carlo Sigismondo Capece Ital. libretto 30 Apr 1728 London, King’s Theatre; 19 Jun 1938, Handel Festival Göttingen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3IkWfha9Tk HWV25 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/tolomeo/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/d/d8/IMSLP338686-PMLP546537-iccu20-IT_ICCU_MSM_0157025.pdf & https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/3/3d/IMSLP19038-PMLP44855-HG_Band_76.pdf

26 Lotario After Antonio Salvi Ital. libretto 2 Dec 1729 London, King’s Theatre; 3 Sep 1975, Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSMeqlS5MaE HWV26 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/lotario/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/6/6e/IMSLP19039-PMLP44856-HG_Band_77.pdf

27 Partenope After Silvio Stampiglia Ital. libretto 24 Feb 1730 London, King’s Theatre; 23 Jun 1935, Handel Festival Göttingen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rt0E0fZJV0 HWV27 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/partenope/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/a/a4/IMSLP19040-PMLP44857-HG_Band_78.pdf

HWV A3: Ormisda Opera (pasticcio) ?Rossi, after Zeno, 1722 1730 4 Apr 1730: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (13 performances to 14 May; also 9 Jun) 28 Nov 1730: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (5 performances to 8 Dec). Notes: 12 #s changed at 21 Apr 1730 performance, for Strada's benefit. Several arias changed for 28 Nov 1730 revival. (Not in imslp.)

HWV A4: Venceslao Opera (pasticcio) ?Rossi, after Zeno, 1724 1731 11 Jan 1731: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (4 performances to 23 Jan) (Not in imslp.)

28 Poro After Metastasio Ital. libretto 2 Feb 1731 London, King’s Theatre; 1928, Braunschweig. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMIdoCKsvX0&t=30s HWV28 https://h andelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/poro/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/e/e5/IMSLP19057-PMLP44858-HG_Band_79.pdf

HWV A5: Titus l'empéreur Opera In Ital., ? from J. Racine, "Berenice" ? - Oct. - Nov. 1731 Notes: Only part of Act 1 drafted; never completed. (Not in imslp.)

29 Ezio Metastasio Ital. libretto 15 Jan 1732 London, King’s Theatre; 30 Jun 1926, Handel Festival Göttingen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl4NxN0rPSw or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bJbndO67Zo HWV29 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/ezio/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/9/9d/IMSLP19059-PMLP44859-HG_Band_80.pdf

30 Sosarme After Salvi Ital. libretto 15 Feb 1732 London, King’s Theatre; 1970, Abingdon. First draft, Fernando, Re Di Castiglia, revived in 2007 by Il Complesso Barocco. Act I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VqxAR-XGeM & Act II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUjs2LvDc-U & Act III https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jDSswjOJTI HWV30 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/sosarme-re-di-media/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/c/ca/IMSLP108326-PMLP44860-handel_sosarme_30_ov_312937040.pdf & https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/6/6e/IMSLP19060-PMLP44860-HG_Band_81.pdf

HWV A6: Lucio Papirio dittatore Opera (pasticcio) After Zeno/C.I. Frugoni, 1729 1732 23 May 1732: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (4 performances to 6 Jun) (Not in imslp.)

HWV A7: Catone Opera (pasticcio) After Metastasio, 1728/9 1732 4 Nov 1732: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket. Playlist 44 videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGk5su0WECk&list=OLAK5uy_n4JXHM-HsR4jvAl0-ohtxFGee6gwtlciY (Not in imslp.)

31 Orlando After Capece, after Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso Ital. libretto 27 Jan 1733 London, King’s Theatre; 6 May 1959, Abingdon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuIIXtC-A-s HWV31 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/orlando/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/f/fa/IMSLP19061-PMLP44861-HG_Band_82.pdf

HWV A8: Semiramide or Semiramis riconosciuta Opera (pasticcio) After Metatstasio, 1729 1733 30 Oct 1733: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (Not in imslp.)

HWV A9: Caio Fabricio Opera (pasticcio) After Zeno, 1732 1733 4 Dec 1733: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (Not in imslp.)

HWV A10: Arbace Opera (pasticcio) After Metatstasio, 1730 1734 5 Jan 1734: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (Not in imslp.)

32 Arianna in Creta After Pietro Pariati's Arianna e Teseo 26 Jan 1734 London, King’s Theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YOAsDy6weQ HWV32 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/arianna-in-creta/ & https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/0/0f/IMSLP19064-PMLP44862-HG_Band_83.pdf

Note: Band_84.pdf is Terpsichore Prologue, for which see Il pastor fido, above: https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/4/4e/IMSLP19067-PMLP44863-HG_Band_84.pdf

A 11 Oreste After Giangualberto Barlocci 18 Dec 1734 London, Covent Garden Theatre; 1990, Karlsruhe. Pasticcio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEPB0Tyfysk A11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oreste & https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/210750481 HWV A11: Oreste Opera (pasticcio) After G. G. Barlocci, 1723 1734 18 Dec 1734: London, Covent Garden Theatre (3 performances to 28 Dec) Music entirely by Handel. HG edition: 48 (fragment) HHA edition: II/Sup. 1 (Not in imslp.) (The Y-T video is an Eurotrash production in German, but the music is of course splendid.)

33 Ariodante After Salvi, after Ariosto's Orlando Furioso Ital. libretto 8 Jan 1735 London, Covent Garden Theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpXtqZR_xm0&t=12s HWV33 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/ariodante/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/c/cd/IMSLP19069-PMLP44864-HG_Band_85.pdf

34 Alcina After Ariosto's Orlando Furioso Ital. libretto 16 Apr 1735 London, Covent Garden Theatre; 1928, Leipzig. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF5vhXuvx5o HWV34 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/alcina/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/1/1f/IMSLP19072-PMLP44865-HG_Band_86.pdf

35 Atalanta After Belisario Valeriani Ital. libretto 12 May 1736 London, Covent Garden Theatre; 1970, Hintlesham Festival, Hintlesham. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQQOl6UvGDA HWV35 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/atalanta/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/0/07/IMSLP19079-PMLP44870-HG_Band_87.pdf

The following 2 have score suffixes in inverse orderArmonio is Band_89 and Giustino is Band_88.

36 Arminio After Salvi Ital. libretto 12 Jan 1737 London, Covent Garden Theatre; 23 Feb 1935, Leipzig (in Germ.). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzRKnGekNYs or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzRKnGekNYs&t=22s HWV36 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/arminio/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/d/d6/IMSLP62996-PMLP44873-Haendel_Werke_Breitkopf_Band_89.pdf

37 Giustino Adapted from Pariati's Giustino, after Nicolo Beregan's Il Giustino Ital. libretto 16 Feb 1737 London, Covent Garden Theatre; 21 Apr 1963, Abingdon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK2wFoXKmJA (in German) HWV37 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/giustino/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/6/67/IMSLP19080-PMLP44872-HG_Band_88.pdf or https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/f/fa/IMSLP62991-PMLP44872-Haendel_Werke_Breitkopf_Band_88.pdf

HWV A12: Didone abbandonata Opera (pasticcio) After Metatstasio, 1726 1737 13 Apr 1737: London, Covent Garden Theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsnEa1gIOFk (Not in imslp.)

38 Berenice After Salvi 18 May 1737 London, Covent Garden Theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lv8t4uJoTI HWV38 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/berenice/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/57/IMSLP19083-PMLP44874-HG_Band_90.pdf

39 Faramondo Adapted from Apostolo Zeno's Faramondo Ital. libretto 3 Jan 1738 London, King’s Theatre; 5 Mar 1976, Handel Festival, Halle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W00OmQos8RI HWV39 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/faramondo/ & score https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/3/3a/IMSLP19084-PMLP44875-HG_Band_91.pdf or https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/3/35/IMSLP63005-PMLP44875-Haendel_Werke_Breitkopf_Band_91.pdf

A 13 Alessandro Severo After Apostolo Zeno 25 Feb 1738 London, King’s Theatre; 18 Mar 1997, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London. Pasticcio. Not in YouTube.* A13 https://haendelhaus.de/en/event/alessandro-severo-1 but see libretto for Lotti's setting http://www.librettidopera.it/alesevero/alesevero.html & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/5/50/IMSLP106110-PMLP216374-handel_alessandro_severo_hwvA13_score_312930887.pdf & also see https://www.classicistranieri.com/antonio-lotti-alessandro-severo-libretto-pdf.html?cli_action=1601388633.998  HWV A13: Alessandro Severo Opera (pasticcio) After Zeno, 1717/23 1738 25 Feb 1738: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (5 performances to 11 Mar; also 30 May) Music entirely by Handel. HG edition: 48 (fragment). *Note that there is a commercial recording, available from the usual sources, on MDG, one of the world's finest companies in terms of audio excellence. For details, see https://www.mdg.de/pdf/1674.pdf.

40 Serse After Stampiglia Ital. libretto 15 Apr 1738 London, King’s Theatre; 5 Jul 1924, Handel Festival Göttingen. Also known as Xerxes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH7GSJoDUDM HWV40 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/serse/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/b/bd/IMSLP63006-PMLP24130-Haendel_Werke_Breitkopf_Band_92.pdf

A 14 Giove in Argo Antonio Maria Lucchini 1 May 1739 London, King’s Theatre; 15 Sep 2006, Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth. Pasticcio. Playlist 60 videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_me_bn5cZegMTJy5zh6bBxwgQmaWe8J6hk A14 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giove_in_Argo CD here https://www.amazon.com/Handel-Giove-Argo-George-Frideric/dp/B00BCMEJWK & here https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8028439--handel-giove-in-argo & see https://www.jstor.org/stable/727418?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents & see https://www.loc.gov/collections/albert-schatz/?fa=segmentof:musschatz.19111.0/&sb=shelf-id&st=gallery HWV A14: Giove in Argo (translation: Jupiter in Argos) Opera (pasticcio) In Ital., after A.M. Lucchini "Giove in Argo", 1719 24 Apr 1739 1 May 1739: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (also 5 May) Music entirely by Handel. (Not in imslp.)

41 Imeneo After Stampiglia's Imeneo 22 Nov 1740 London, theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields; 13 Mar 1960, Handel Festival, Halle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNWqHXZEv9c HWV41 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/imeneo/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c3/IMSLP19087-PMLP44878-HG_Band_93.pdf

42 Deidamia Rolli Ital. libretto 10 Jan 1741 London, theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjtbGmJscJU or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjtbGmJscJU&t=20s HWV42 https://handelhendrix.org/learn/about-handel/opera-synopses/deidamia/ & score https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/d/de/IMSLP19088-PMLP44879-HG_Band_94.pdf


Handel Cleanup - A (Long) Footnote for the Articles

(This project reminds me of a favorite children's book from long ago, before political correctness eased it into the dustbin of history, if not the dustbin of my memory. It's a project without end.)

We're addressed the oratorios (HWV 46-48 and 50-71 plus a few supplemental pieces) and the operas (HWV 1-42 plus a few…). HWV 49 is a masque and/or a serenata although it sounds a lot like an oratorio to me.

But coming just after the operas in the catalog are some sets of incidental music, tabulated here:

HWV 43 The Alchemist 14 January 1710 Queen's Theatre, London Instrumental music for the revival of Ben Jonson's play The Alchemist. An arrangement, by an anonymous composer, of music from Handel's opera Rodrigo. A suite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPVwhTnqPt4; the score: https://imslp.org/wiki/The_Alchemist%2C_HWV_43_(Handel%2C_George_Frideric)

HWV 44 Comus 1745 Ludlow Castle, Shropshire Three songs and a trio written as part of a private arrangement of John Milton's masque Comus. Excerpts begins at 57:05 in this cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTR44S_YCYI

HWV 45 Alceste Not performed A masque which was written for an unproduced play by Tobias Smollett. Music composed between December 1749 and January 1750. The music is the first 57 minutes of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTR44S_YCYI, Score: https://imslp.org/wiki/Alceste%2C_HWV_45_(Handel%2C_George_Frideric)

PLUS a stray song included among the incidental music: HWV 218 "Love's but the frailty of the mind" 17 March 1740 Drury Lane Theatre, London "Sung by Mrs. Kitty Clive at her benefit performance of William Congreve's The Way of the World (Act III). Music composed in London, 1740. Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt6joUlrGO8.

And then there are these odes and masques,

Acis and Galatea, existing as HWV 49a (masque) probably 1718 Cannons, near London, & HWV 49b (serenata) 10 June 1732 King's Theatre, London (text at Stanford). Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVMMd3JpTlY; score https://imslp.org/wiki/Acis_and_Galatea%2C_HWV_49_(Handel%2C_George_Frideric)

HWV 72 Aci, Galatea e Polifemo 19 July 1708 Naples Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwuRlxzK4Qs; score: https://imslp.org/wiki/Aci%2C_Galatea_e_Polifemo%2C_HWV_72_(Handel%2C_George_Frideric)

HWV 73 Parnasso in Festa 13 March 1734 King's Theatre, London Playlist of 53 videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kQpNo9gBiopMlkQ5EnjsDzWneE2KeMWTA; score https://imslp.org/wiki/Parnasso_in_festa,_HWV_73_(Handel,_George_Frideric)

HWV 74 Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne 6 February 1713 Royal Palace in London Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V-k5ooqB5Y; score https://imslp.org/wiki/Ode_for_the_Birthday_of_Queen_Anne%2C_HWV_74_(Handel%2C_George_Frideric)

HWV 75 Alexander's Feast 19 February 1736 King's Theatre, London (text at Stanford) Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvkCYKj7kpQ; score https://imslp.org/wiki/Alexander%27s_Feast%2C_HWV_75_(Handel%2C_George_Frideric)

HWV 76 Ode for St. Cecilia's Day 22 November 1739 Theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London (text at Stanford) Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbGI0tKriqohttps://imslp.org/wiki/Ode_for_St._Cecilia%27s_Day,_HWV_76_(Handel,_George_Frideric) ; score https://imslp.org/wiki/Ode_for_St._Cecilia%27s_Day,_HWV_76_(Handel,_George_Frideric)

I guess we could go on, but let's call it a day, shall we?