Opera review: Oreste at Wilton's Music Hall
In the 18th century, it was quite common for leading composers to cobble together a few of their successful old tunes, fit them to new lyrics and produce a work they called a "pasticcio" (from the Italian for "pastry") suggesting something that has been patched together.
Our own word "pastiche" has a similar origin. Oreste was one of Handel's three such pasticcios and the current production at Wilton's Music Hall in East London shows what an excellent vehicle it is for showing off the talents of the Jette Parker Young Artists of the Royal Opera House.
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