In the obituary for Jeffrey Tate, it is stated that Dr. Tate directed Handel's [opera] Dido and Aeneas.
As is extensively documented, Handel "borrowed" and recycled music by other composers, typically modifying their music while doing so. However, there seems to be no example of his appropriating a whole opera by another composer, without attribution - in this case, a work by Henry Purcell.
If Purcell (1659-1695) had lived longer, it is conceivable that he might have established a self-sustaining tradition of opera in English. Handel might also have been able to establish such a tradition if his secular "oratorios" Semele and Hercules had not had to wait until the 20th century before becoming widely appreciated.
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