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Prospect recommends: Messiah

By Ivan Hewett  

This being the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, it’s been a bumper year for productions of his operas. But the boldest anniversary celebration may be scraping in at the year’s end. ENO hopes to crown its reputation as Britain’s “house of Handel” by dramatising his oratorio Messiah.

Is this wise? Messiah is a national treasure. Its tunes are remembered, or half-remembered, by millions. And it’s worth recalling…

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