Alan Curtis, who has died aged 80, was a harpsichordist, musicologist and pioneer in the restoration of Baroque music who brought some of the earliest known operas from the specialist stage to the mainstream theatre.

He was particularly associated with the music of Handel. His reconstruction of the composer’s opera Rodrigo, which Curtis conducted in Innsbruck, Madeira and Lisbon in 1984, was said to be the work’s first complete performance since Handel himself presented it to the Medici in 1707.

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