"Lotario" ("Lothair") (HWV 26) is an
opera seriain three acts by George Frideric Handel. The Italian-language librettowas adapted from Antonio Salvi's Adelaide.
The opera was first given at the
King's Theatrein Londonon 2 December 1729. Paolo Rolli commented in a letter at the time to Giuseppe Riva that "everyone thinks it a very bad opera". [cite journal | url=http://oq.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/18/2/280 | last=Streatfeild | first=R.A. | title=Handel, Rolli, and Italian Opera in London in the Eighteenth Century | journal=The Musical Quarterly | volume=III | issue=3 | pages=428–445 | date=1917 | accessdate=2007-11-18 | doi=10.1093/mq/III.3.428] There were 10 performances, but it was not repeated. Handel later reused pieces in later operas. The first modern production was by Unicorn Theatre at the Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, 3 September 1975.
*citation|first=Winton|last=Dean|title=Handel's Operas, 1726-1741|publisher=Boydell Press|year=2006
id=ISBN 1843832682 The second of the two volume definitive reference on the operas of Handel
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