Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial. James Doyle/Handel and Haydn Society hide caption

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Violist Nadia Sirota. Samantha West/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Richard Croft and Danielle de Niese star in Handel's 'Semele' at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Alvaro Yañez/courtesy of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées hide caption

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The ballad opera 'Flora': from early 18th-century England to 21st-century Charleston. William Struhs/courtesy of Spoleto USA hide caption

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NPR World of Opera

'Flora' — An 18th-Century British Invasion WDAV-FM

How an English innovation led to the first opera to be produced in North America.

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Bejun Mehta's new CD features the music of Handel. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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Nicholas McGegan has built a career on conducting Handel's music. /Schwalbe And Partners hide caption

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Grimoaldo (Paolo Fanale) threatens to kill Rodelinda's (Sonia Ganassi) son if she doesn't marry him -- even though she's already married. Laera/Festival della Valle D'Itria hide caption

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