German composer George Frideric Handel spent the better part of his adult life living and working in London. Listen in as Chicago Opera Theater artists explore how the British musical scene was influenced by this German, and how the British influenced Handel's works. Joined by famed British conductor, Raymond Leppard - in his fifth decade on the podium; the exceptional British counter-tenor portraying Orlando, Tim Mead; and revered General Director, Brian Dickie - together they shed light on opera by Handel and reveal insights into COT's new production of Orlando. Joined by Young Artists singing excerpts from this new production; presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and in collaboration with the British Consulate General.
Recorded Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Goethe-Institut Chicago.