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VenueBuxton Opera House
Other spaces: Paupers Pit Theatre, Pavilion Arts Centre
From10th July 2011
To24th July 2011
WhenJul 10,13,17,21,24 at 19:15
PricesFrom £10.00. To £57.00.
What is currently on at Buxton Opera House (V424)


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.
Music Handel
Lyrics Charles Jennens

Archive :: production:T01615455190, opera or operetta:S01913918258, venue:V424

Production details

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. Buxton Festival


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
Performer Jonathan Best (Saul)
Performer Robert Murray (Jonathan)
Performer Elizabeth Atherton (Merab)
Performer Anne Marie Gibbons
Performer Andrew Slater (Ghost of Samuel)
Performer Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (Witch of Endor)
Performer Ruby Hughes (Michal)
Performer Anne Marie Gibbons (David)

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