Leader, Louis WILLOUGHBY
Conductor, BOYD NEEL
Handel's opera Faramondo was composed during the year 1737, completed on Christmas Eve and first produced on January 3 of the following year. In his life of the composer, Newman Flower tells us that : ' Faramondo was not a good opera. From Handel it was indifferent work. The libretto was futile, and the music at no point reached his accustomed height. His health still worried him, and his debtors plagued-'him yet more. Not that he would have offered these nuisances by way of excuse. When the public applauded the opera on its production, it is possible that the sight of its composer back in his old place inspired much of the sentiment, for the takings of the box-office failed to reflect this enthusiasm. The Press acclaimed the work. " Last night the new opera of Faramondo was performed at the King's Theatre to a splendid audience," declared one journal on January 4, " and met with general applause. It being the first time of Mr. Handel's appearance this season, he was honour'd with extraordinary and repeated signs of approbation." '
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