“Partenope” has never been seen on any list of Handel’s greatest hits. You can blame its unpopularity on the soap-operaish plot, which climaxes with a stripped-to-the-waist duel between two of the male protagonists — one of whom is actually a woman. But there’s nothing wrong with Handel’s music, and it was exciting to hear most of the opera from Boston Baroque and its artistic director, Martin Pearlman, Saturday at Jordan Hall.
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