George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends
Handel scholar Ellen Harris’ biography focuses on the man behind the music. Who was Handel when he was not out in public promoting his compositions? Harris also provides some of the controversial background of “Semele,” an opera disguised as an oratorio. Italian opera fans were not happy when the English-language “Semele” premiered at Covent Garden and not at the Middlesex Opera’s theatre. Worse yet, it was and is one of Handel’s best works. An interesting read.