Most people may think of ‘Messiah’ and other sacred works when they consider Handel. It may surprise you to link Handel operas (from the Baroque period of the 18th century) with the word ‘passion’. Those who already have heard performances of Semele, Giulio Cesere, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, Ariodante, Alcina and Acis and Galathea (the list goes on and on) can appreciate the drama, humanity, passion and dramatic expression in the arias and ensemble of this great opera composer. If you would like to give just on aria a go, try ‘Dopo notte’ from Ariodante, here sung by the legendry Dame Janet Baker (sheer joy!) (4) Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33 / Act 3 – “Dopo notte, atra e funesta” – YouTube and ‘Lasci ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo here in the Italian film ‘Farinelli’ the great castrato. Handel spent much of his life in London and his house in Brook Street is well worth a visit Handel & Hendrix in London – Handel House ( English Touring Opera and currently performing Giulio Cesere accross the UK Giulio Cesare | English Touring Opera