It is no secret why the world’s major opera houses do not present the earliest operas of Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini–they’re terrible. It took these great composers several attempts to hone their craft on the road to becoming great composers, but George Frideric Handel was brilliant from the get-go, as his 1707 IL TRIONFO del TEMPO e del DISINGANNO, presented by Ruben Valenzuela’s Bach Collegium San Diego on May 30, clearly proves . . .

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