Saul - Glyndebourne 2018

Recorded live at Glyndebourne, David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory...

George Frideric Handel 
S​aul (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 

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. 
Also on screen this summer: the world-renowned tale of Puccini’s heartbreaking ​Madama 
​ Butterfly (live) and the rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize-winning opera 
from the age​ of Hitchcock, ​Vanessa. 


Creative team: 
Conductor​ Ivor Bolton 
Director​ Barrie Kosky 
Designer ​Katrin Lea Tag 

Cast includes: 
Saul/Apparition of Samuel ​Christopher Purves 
David ​Iestyn Davies 
Jonathan​ Paul Appleby 

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 
The Glyndebourne Chorus 


Tickets £18 (£16)

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