John Beard: Handel’s Tenor


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This exhibition explores the extraordinary life of the celebrated tenor, John Beard – Handel’s ‘tenor of choice’.

This theatre star and 18th century celebrity premiered several roles for Handel in a variety of opera and oratorio, wowed the public at the pleasure gardens with patriotic ballads and nonsense songs, and expertly managed the Covent Garden Theatre until his retirement.

This exhibition presents the curious circumstances of his first marriage, music scores with Beard’s own performance markings, evidence of his kind philanthropy and many other fascinating items from his life. Alongside this, a painting of John Rich, Theatre Manager and Beard’s father-in-law, attributed to William Hogarth will be displayed in Handel’s Music Room in its first public outing, alongside an iconic painting of John Beard by Thomas Hudson.

Venue Details & Map

Handel & Hendrix in London

25 Brook Street
+44 (0)20 7495 1685
Public transport:
From Bond Street station follow South Molton Street down to Brook Street. Handel House is at No. 25 Brook Street. Entrance is round the back in Lancashire Court.

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