Handel: Ariodante (1735)
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Orlando Furioso: music inspired by the epic poem
7. Handel: Ariodante (1735)
One of Handel's best works, 'Ariodante' - also based on 'Orlando Furioso' - is a tale of honour lost and regained. It's a perfect example of Baroque opera, with all the necessary intrigue, betrayals, duels, false assignations and pomp.