Handel: The Messiah
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection - Three Baroque Giants
9. Handel: The Messiah
Katherine’s third giant from the baroque era, Georg Frederic Handel, was born in Germany in 1685, but trained in Italy before settling in London and becoming British in 1727. His influences were the great composers of the Italian baroque and he started three commercial opera companies to bring Italian opera to the nobility. But after success with an English choral work, Handel changed direction and by the time Messiah was premiered in 1742, Handel never again worked with Italian opera.