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Performance

VenueRoyal Albert Hall
Other spaces: Elgar Room
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From20th August 2009
To20th August 2009
When18:30
PricesFrom £7.00. To £35.00.
What is currently on at Royal Albert Hall (V221)

Prom 47

Prom 47T0504057706
Part of the BBC Proms.


Archive :: production:T0504057706, concert:S5978, venue:V221

The English Concert

Based on Milton and miraculously composed within a month of Messiah (Prom 68), Handel's Samson opens with Israel's former champion blinded and imprisoned but ends in triumph as he topples the temple of Dagon down upon the feasting Philistines and, through his suicide, sets his people free. In the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, the hero's heartbreaking lament over his lost sight, 'Total eclipse! No sun, no moon, all dark amidst the blaze of noon!' - gains added poignancy from the knowledge that Handel himself would soon go blind. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket makes his Proms debut conducting a starry line-up of British singers, several making their second appearance this season. Approx finish time: 22:20

Company

Performer Susan Gritton (Dalila)
Performer Iestyn Davies (Micah)
Performer Mark Padmore (Samson)
Performer Neal Davies (Manoa)
Performer Christopher Purves (Harapha)
Performer Lucy Crowe (Israelite woman/Philsitine woman/Virgin)
Performer Ben Johnson (Israelite man/Philistine man/Messenger)
Company Choir of the English Concert
Company The New Company
Company English Concert
Conductor Harry Bicket

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