London Pass BlogBack to Blog
Critic honours Handel's 250th with complete operas
Published: Friday 2nd of January 2009
A leading arts writer spent most of her Christmas in an unusual fashion this year – listening to every single opera by Georg Frideric Handel.
In recognition of 2009 as the 250th anniversary year of the composer's death, Emma Pomfret of the Times listened to all 42 operas in the space of three weeks as a kind of experiment to gain a comprehensive view of the quality of Handel's body of work.
A key challenge Ms Pomfret had to deal with is that fact that she merely listened to recordings of the work, as opposed to seeing them on stage as they would have been known during the composer's lifetime.
As Nicholas McGegan advises the writer: "There's nothing wrong with the fastforward button. Because, of course, you're doing what Handel would never have done, which is just to listen to an opera rather that have it on stage."
For more than 35 years up until his death in 1759, G F Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in London's West End. His old address is now the home of the Handel House Museum, one of London's most fascinating visitor attractions.
LondonPass holders can gain free entry to the museum, saving £5 for adults and £2 for children.
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
Monday 1st of April 2013 Things to do in London: Become the next top musician with the British Music Experience
Tuesday 26th of March 2013 Things to do in London: Take a tour of Southwark Cathedral this Easter
Monday 25th of March 2013 If you are an art lover who is hoping to see some of the most famous collections in the world then...
London attractions: Unravel the history of your favourite products at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Friday 22nd of March 2013 London attraction: Unravel the history of your favourite products at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Thursday 21st of March 2013 Things to do in London: Take an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of Chelsea FC Stadium
Wednesday 20th of March 2013 Pollock’s Toy Museum provides kids with fun things to do in London
Tuesday 19th of March 2013 London attractions: Enjoy a family day out in Apsley House
Monday 18th of March 2013 Things to do in London: Visit Kensington Palace for a fun, family day out
Sunday 17th of March 2013 London Attractions: Come and see a play at the National Theatre
Saturday 16th of March 2013 London attractions: Visit the Banqueting House for a fun, family day out
Friday 15th of March 2013 Did Shakespeare really write his own plays?