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Opera: Work details

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Music title: Alceste (1749-50); Admeto - selections; Jephtha - overture; Chaconne in A major (1720); Ariodante (1735) - gavotte; Rodrigo (1707) - overture
Librettist: Tobias Smollett
Work definition: Semi-opera in two acts
Notes: In 1749, John Rich commissioned a five-act drama with music for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, to be presented early in 1750, but it was never performed. Smollett's play was lost, and Handel used much of his music in other compositions. English Bach Festival's 1989 version replaced the spoken word with dance and mime, and included other pieces of Handel's music.
World premiere: 1989, English Bach Festival, Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
ROH premiere: 11 December 2000, English Bach Festival
Alceste (1989) English Bach Festival (6 performances online)