Where’er you walk – Handel’s favourite tenor

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Former Classical Opera Associate Artist Allan Clayton joins us to celebrate the 300th birthday of John Beard (1715-1791). Beard created more Handel roles than any other singer, including the title roles in the oratorios Samson, Judas Maccabaeus and Jephtha, and caused a huge scandal by being the first man of the theatre to marry into the aristocracy. Charles Dibdin considered Beard the finest English singer of his age, and Dr Burney wrote that he 'constantly possessed the favour of the public by his superior conduct, knowledge of Music, and intelligence as an actor.' Classical Opera's intriguing programme explores Beard's fascinating life and career, and includes rarities by Boyce, J.C.Smith and Arne as well as some of Handel's most celebrated airs.