2022: Orlando and the History of Handel’s Operas in the 20th and 21st Centuries

International Scholarly Conference during the Handel Festival in Halle (Saale), 28 May to 1 June 2022

With the City of Halle Handel festival of the year 1922, the foundation stone was laid for a tradition of festivals in the city of Handel’s birth. Handel’s opera Orlando launched the Handel revival in Halle, which over the decades has developed into a genuine “Handel boom”: today, Handel is the most-performed opera composer between Monteverdi and Mozart, and the history of the stage performances of his operas reflects, more than those of any other composer, the transformations of Baroque opera in the 20th and 21st centuries between historicisation and modernisation.

The conference seeks to look beyond Halle’s endeavours to the history of Handel opera in the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, it will examine the treatment of the Orlando material not only in other operas by Handel, but also in the works of other composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.


Please find the actual version of the programme here:

Participation in the festival lecture and the conference is free and open to all interested parties.

Please note the current pandemic-related access restrictions.

Locations for events

Aula der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Löwengebäude
Universitätsplatz 11
06108 Halle

Große Nikolaistraße 5
06108 Halle
Tel. +49 (0)345 500 900


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Annette Landgraf
Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft e. V.

Dr. Konstanze Musketa
Stiftung Händel-Haus Halle

Organizers and Sponsors

Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft e. V., Internationale Vereinigung

Institut für Musik, Medien- und Sprechwissenschaften, Abteilung Musikwissenschaft, der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

In cooperation with the Stiftung Händel-Haus Halle

The conference is sponsored by the International Office der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.