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01 Mar 2007

Orlando, Royal Opera House, London

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0afeef72-c768-11db-8078-000b5df10621.html

By Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 28 February 2007]

Comparing our own taste to that of Handel’s London, a programme essay for this Royal Opera revival says “it is hard to pretend that, for modern purposes, Orlando is some kind of Shakespearean masterpiece” – the implication being that it is little more than a string of virtuoso arias. But the point about Orlando, surely, is that Handel intended neither, and the productions that trust him – of which this is not one – vindicate his creative intuition.

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