- Hungry for new experiences, the young Handel travelled from Hamburg – the opera capital of the German-speaking lands – to the mecca of the Italian Baroque: Rome.
- Although opera was forbidden in the Eternal City, wealthy prelates found a morally acceptable answer to their longing for drama, virtuoso (female) singing and theatrical grandeur in oratorios.
- Il trionfo del Tempo recounts how Beauty, with the help of Time and Truth, triumphs over the temptations of Pleasure: four glittering roles that Handel assigned to some of Rome's most celebrated singers.
- Thanks to his Italian contacts, after settling in London, Handel became not only the greatest opera composer of his day, but also one of the most successful impresarios.
In collaboration with Cera