|Handel's Hercules was first performed in January 1745. Described by Handel as a "music drama," the work was performed like an oratorio, although its story is unrelated to Christianity or to the Bible.|
|A recording of Hercules with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski and a cast including Anne Sofie von Otter, Gidon Saks, Richard Croft, Lynne Dawson, and David Daniels, has received favorable reviews.|
|Melodram has released a recording of a 1958 La Scala performance in Italian with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jerome Hines, Franco Corelli, Fedora Barbieri, and Ettore Bastianini, conducted by Lovro von Matacic.|
Handel - Hercules / Shimell, DiDonato, Spence, Bohlin, Ernman, Kirkbride, Christie, Les Arts Florissants
"This Aix-originated Hercules, brilliantly conceived by Luc Bondy and bracingly executed by William Christie and a wonderful cast, was captured at Paris's Garnier on December 22, 2004. Vincent Battaillon's filming highlights Bondy's effective direction of the complicated dynamics of relationships: a work that sometimes seems fairly statis emerges as taut, Sophoclean family drama. Bel Air's welcome issue must count among the best DVD's ever made of a Handelian production."--David Shengold in Opera News of April 2006.