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
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Archive listings for Saul

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Finish time: 21:00, 20:25 or 21:00. A revival of the Festival 2015 production. Sung in English with English supertitles.Producer Glyndebourne Opera. Conductor Laurence Cummings. Director Barrie Kosky. Design Katrin Lea Tag. Choreographer Otto Pichler. Lighting Joachim Klein. Performer Markus Bruck (Saul/Apparition of Samual). Performer Iestyn Davies (David). Performer Allan Clayton (Jonathan). Performer Karina Gauvin (Merab). Performer Anna Devin (Michal). Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Company The Glyndebourne Chorus.
19 Jul 18 to 25 Aug 18Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L0833155477


Producer Glyndebourne Opera. Company Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra. Company Glyndebourne Chorus. Conductor Laurence Cummings. Director Barrie Kosky. Director Donna Stirrup (revival director). Design Katrin Lea Tag. Choreographer Otto Pichler. Lighting Joachim Klein. Lighting David Manion (revival lighting designer). Performer Henry Waddington (Saul). Performer Christopher Ainslie (David). Performer Sarah Tynan (Merab). Performer Anna Devin (Michal). Performer Benjamin Hulett (Jonathan).
27 Nov 15Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L212098586
20 Nov 15Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L0311529682
13 Nov 15Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
listing details L0301334010
6 Nov 15Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
listing details L0604678371
24 Oct 15 to 30 Oct 15Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L1815208204


Finish time: 21:40 and 20:25. Sung in English with supertitles.Producer Glyndebourne Opera. Conductor Ivor Bolton. Director Barrie Kosky. Design Katrin Lea Tag. Choreographer Otto Pichler. Lighting Joachim Klein. Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Company The Glyndebourne Chorus. Performer Christopher Purves (Saul - not Aug 6/12/15). Performer Henry Waddington (Saul - Aug 6/12/15). Performer Iestyn Davies (David). Performer Lucy Crowe (Merab). Performer Sophie Bevan (Michal). Performer Paul Appleby (Jonathan). Performer Benjamin Hulett (High Priest). Performer John Graham-Hall (Witch of Endor).
23 Jul 15 to 29 Aug 15Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L088273090


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.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).
10 Jul 11 to 24 Jul 11Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L0312973459


New Production. Semi-staged. The production is sung in EnglishCompany Opera North. Conductor Paul McCreesh. Director John Fulljames. Lighting Bruno Poet.
23 Nov 05 to 25 Nov 05Town Hall, Leeds :: V0838583178
listing details L541648161

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