The Handel Festival has been held in Halle since 1922. It all began with new productions of Handel's operas and these still form the backbone of the festical programme of today. Every year, the Handel Festival and the Halle Opera House produce one of the numerous Handel operas. Of the 42 operas by Handel which have come doen to us, 40 of them have been performed at the Handel Festival to date. This is a unique record, inrivalled anywhere in the world. The Handel Festival Orchestra Halle first distinguished itself as a Braoque ensemble performing on period instruments for the very special task of accompanying Handel operas in Halle in 1993.