A display of portraits and documents in the Handel Gallery bringing together the celebrated singers who popularised Handel’s music in the eighteenth century
This display of portraits and documents in the Handel Gallery brings together the celebrities of the day, along with some lesser-known singers who brought Handel’s music to the public in the eighteenth century
George Frideric Handel worked with many singers, often composing or adapting music for a particular performer. This display focuses on two celebrities, Anastasia Robinson and Senesino, who were among the highest paid singers at the time, showcasing music, documents and images relating to them.
Other works featured include an oil painting of Anna Maria Strada, one of Handel’s leading sopranos, a portrait of Gustavus Waltz, a bass singer who created roles in several Handel operas and sang in the benefit performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Foundling Hospital in 1754 and a print of John Hebden, who played in the orchestra for the Foundling Hospital’s benefit performances of Messiah in 1754 and 1758.