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This powerful production delves deep into Handel's grand setting of the well-known Biblical tale of the first king of Israel's love and loathing for his eventual successor, David. We watch Saul crumble before our eyes, as dramatically as Shakespeare's King Lear, as he watches David win everyone's heart - including that of his son, Jonathan. Sung in English. A dramatic oratorio in two acts Paranoia and envy threaten to take over society as Handel’s classic oratorio is skilfully brought up to date when a nation establishes itself as a superpower, with terrifying results... The heady celebrations of World War II victory welcome the returning hero David, but joy quickly fades as Saul’s presidential power gives way to persecution and injustice in this darkly dramatic production. Keeping true to the composer’s original telling of moral and political dilemmas, this production shows how relevant Handel’s work still is, moving away from the tumultuous and politically charged events in Ancient Israel to create a universal story relevant to all. This production is generously supported by Friends of Buxton Festival. Duration: 2hrs 30mins.

Performers Jonathan Best (Saul), Robert Murray (Jonathan), Elizabeth Atherton (Merab), Anne Marie Gibbons, Andrew Slater (Ghost of Samuel), Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (Witch of Endor), Ruby Hughes (Michal), Anne Marie Gibbons (David).
Music Handel. Lyrics Charles Jennens. Producer Buxton Festival. Company Orchestra of the Sixteen. Company Festival Chorus. Director Olivia Fuchs. Conductor Harry Christophers. Design Yannis Thavoris. Choreographer Clare Whistler. Lighting John Bishop.


Saul (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T01615455190. Details of all Saul archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01913918258

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10 Jul 11
24 Jul 11
Buxton Opera House

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