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ORATORIO Messiah English National Opera, 27th November-11th December, Tel: 0871 911 0200, www.eno.org

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 that Messiah…

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