Cincinnati Opera & 90.9 WGUC to Present Encore of ‘Hallelujah Handel’

By Francisco Salazar

Cincinnati Opera and 90.9 WGUC will present an encore broadcast of “Hallelujah Handel,” a four-part radio series hosted by Evans Mirageas, the Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera.

The series explores the life and work of composer George Frideric Händel and will be broadcast over four successive Tuesday evenings beginning on Nov. 30, 2021, at 9 p.m.

Each episode highlights a different facet of Handel’s musical development from his apprentice years in Rome to his long artistic life in London and his association with famous singers. It also looks at the artistic and personal friendship he had with royalty, and the phenomenon he singlehandedly created—the English oratorio and in particular, “Messiah.”

The series originally aired in 2011, and Cincinnati Opera and 90.9 WGUC will celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary with this special encore broadcast, just in time for the holiday season.

The series features soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, and countertenor Andreas Scholl, as well as conductors Nicholas McGegan, Harry Bicket, Laurence Cummings, and Sir Roger Norrington.