After the success of last year’s ‘Yuletide Handel’ programme, exploring music by other composers that Handel would have heard over the holiday season, this year Ballo Baroque presents ‘Handel’s Winter’; an exploration of the operatic music Handel composed during this time of year. The programme offers selections from works that had winter premieres in London; the operatic music Handel was composing during the winter months of the 1720’s and early 1730’s. We’ll offer selections from three operas by Handel: Poro (1731), Ottone (1723), and Partenope (1731). Music will also be offered by the composer Antonio Lotti whose opera Teofane (1719) influenced Handel’s Ottone; both works having been written on the same libretto. This programme ends with the popular and challenging display of virtuosic coloratura ‘Furibondo spira il vento’ from Handel’s Partenope which was performed at the Kings Theatre in the winter of 1730. Discussion will also be offered through-out about the composers, their works, and London at that time.