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"A visceral experience": The reviews for Handelfest are in!

21 Oct 2022

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We opened Handelfest on 1 October at Hackney Empire, and we've been delighted with the response so far! Take a look at the reviews from our three Handelfest operas below.

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"English Touring Opera's autumn Handelfest gets off to a sparkling start"

★★★★ - Observer

"Nazan Fikret gives a standout performance"

★★★ - The Stage

"Conway and his fine young cast craft those moments of musical illumination into a penetrating psychological trajectory."

- Opera Today

"This vivid production provides a fine way into Handel's music"

"This was a performance where the vivacious action on stage was really balanced by strongly characterised and stylish playing in the pit"

★★★★½ - Planet Hugill

"A performance of great liveliness"
- Classical Source

"A fine cast, with a superb countertenor, Rodrigo Sosa Dal Pozzo, dominating in the title role."

★★★★ - The Times

"Fine singing and exceptional playing"

"A visceral experience"

★★★★ - The Stage

"For this third opera in their Handel festival this autumn, English Touring Opera have assembled an excellent cast of singers."

★★★★ - Bachtrack