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06 Aug 2006

Orlando, Wilton's Music Hall, London

Handel in the 21st century: just add beer
By Anna Picard [Independent, 6 August 2006]

From Achilles to Zidane, there are few things more poignant than a hero's fall from grace. Such is the subject of Handel's 1733 opera Orlando, the tale of a knight driven mad by love, or, in Netia Jones's sometimes moving, often baffling modern-dress production for the Early Opera Company, a lager lout who loses his temper.

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