(Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015)
David has vanquished the giant Goliath,
but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King
Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that
forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family
and a nation apart.
Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is
astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of
mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that
exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold
orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of
truly Shakespearean scope.
Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and
visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with
contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling
theatrical fusion of old and new.
‘This magical, mesmerising new production of [Handel’s]
Old Testament-inspired oratorio has the wow factor in spades – music-theatre at
its knockout best.’ ★★★★★ Daily Mail
Sung in English with English subtitles. Recorded live at
Glyndebourne in 2015.