Handel's Messiah - episode 2

Life in London

In the second episode we will hear about Handel nearly being ruined by pretentious opera stars and opera productions that were overly expensive. We will also hear how the opera audience at the time would both drink, talk and play cards during the performances – and how a furious audience once nearly took Covent Garden apart because they wanted the audience to pay full price for their tickets. In other words Handel had several reasons for going to Dublin.

Music: Dunedin Consort ‘Handel’s Original Dublin Version 1742’