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Collection Description

Collection Title
English National Opera (1983-2006)
A collection of programme books for seven productions of works by Handel, given by English National Opera at the London Coliseum between 1983 and 2006, held as individual items.

All documents provide biographical notes on the principal performers (some with photographs) and include lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles. There are also historical notes/essays and a Synopsis.

The principal vocal performers are listed below.

28 April 1983: Handel, Ariodante, with Michael Druiett, Amanda Roocroft, Ann Murray, Paul Nilon, Christopher Robson, Lesley Garrett and Jamie MacDougall, conducted by Nicholas McGegan and Harry Bicket.

16 December 1985: Handel, Julius Ceasar with Christopher Robson, John Kitchiner, Jean Rigby, Sally Burgess, Valerie Masterson, James Bowman, Willard White, Tom Emlyn Williams and Brian Casey, conducted by Charles Mackerras and Noel Davies.

11 May 1996: Handel, Ariodante, with Gwynne Howell, Joan Rodgers, Ann Murray, Paul Nilon, Christopher Robson, Lesley Garrett and Mark Le Brocq, conducted by Ivor Bolton.

6 February 1998 (from): Handel, Xerxes, with Sarah Connolly, Artur Stefanowicz, Jean Rigby, Mark Richardson, Janis Kelly, Susan Gritton and Christopher Booth-Jones, conducted by Noel Davies.

29 November 1999 (from): Handel, Alcina, with Joan Rodgers, Janis Kelly, Lisa Milne, Sarah Connolly, Christine Rice, Mark Richardson, Toby Spence and Gail Pearson, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Noel Davies.

7 November 2002 (from): Handel, Xerxes, with Sarah Connolly, Robin Blaze, Anna Burford, Mark Richardson, Rebecca Evans, Mary Nelson and Iain Paterson, conducted by Harry Bicket.

1 June 2006 (from): Handel, Ariodante, with Peter Rose, Rebecca Evans, Alice Coote, Paul Nilon, Patricia Bardon, Sarah Tynan and Nicholas Watts, conducted by Christopher Moulds.
Date range of collection
1983 - 2006
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Places

Location Details

Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square Bloomsbury London WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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020 7841 3600
020 7841 3601 
Visiting Information
The museum is currently open by appointment only.
Collections Overview
The Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an internationally important collection of material relating to Handel and his contemporaries, including manuscripts, printed books and music, libretti, paintings and engravings, memorabilia, art works and ephemera. The Handel collection is open for research Wednesday-Friday, and the display room (with access to recorded music) is open with the rest of the museum Tuesday-Sunday 10-6.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council