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Improviso at the Foundling Museum

  • Foundling Museum London UK (map)

The opera Giulio Cesare is the first major work Handel composed after moving to his house on Brook Street near Hanover Square. The story is based on historical events between September 48BC and March 47BC, brought to life through a combination of Haym’s libretto and Handel’s extraordinary text setting and vividly colourful orchestrations. In today’s programme we ask what happens to opera when it is not being performed, and explore its offstage cultural presence and influences. The programme includes chamber music by Handel as well as arrangements (both our own and eighteenth century ones) of arias and movements from the opera.