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Anthony Hicks

published the Göttingen Händel-Beiträge . The Deal and Walmer Handelian Society was founded by the Handel scholar James S. Hall ( 1899–1975 ) in 1946 , principally to give performances of the choral works, and the Handel Opera Society (renamed Handel Opera in 1977 ) was founded in London in 1955 , primarily to give stage performances of dramatic works. In all, 28 works were staged; its last production was of Rodrigo in 1985 ( see London, §IV, 2 ; Handel [Händel, Hendel], George Frideric §24 ; Editions, historical ). Bibliography MGG1 (‘Händelges


Reed, our Captain and Copland’s setting of Alfred Hayes’s Into the Streets May First , judged the best setting of the text assigned for May Day 1934. By the end of 1938 the Collective had disbanded, though it had set the stage for Blitzstein’s opera The Cradle will Rock , Robinson’s Ballad for Americans and all that followed from them. It also provided an example for Alan Lomax, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and other pioneers of the activist folksong movement. Bibliography Foreword, Workers Song Book , no.1 (New York, 1934) Foreword



Howard Mayer Brown

revised by Iain Fenlon

the earliest court operas, Monteverdi's Orfeo ( 1607 ), was commissioned by Prince Francesco Gonzaga of Mantua to entertain members of the Accademia degli Invaghiti. By the 18th century the Accademia degl'Intronati had its own theatre, described on the title-page of various opera librettos as the ‘Teatro Grande della nobilissima Accademia degl'Intronati’, where opera was performed during Carnival season. Various other academies even served as financial guarantors of opera seasons. Thus the Accademia degli Immobili in Florence supported opera productions at the