The Canberra Choral Society, under the overall direction of Australian countertenor Tobias Cole, has embarked on an annual series of Handel oratorio performances. Previous years have seen the relatively familiar Saul and Theodora; this year we were privileged to hear the seriously rare Alexander Balus, never before performed in Australia, and not often anywhere else. There can be no carping at a work that deserves its obscurity in this case, as the music is utterly magic and the plot no worse than many another.

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