Thursday 26 July - 6.30PM

Glyndebourne presents


Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015

George Frideric Handel
Saul (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.

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

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Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions £10.50
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Cert: 12A as live
Running time 210 mins approx

Sung in English with English subtitles