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. ★★★★★”
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
'Encore' screenings have been recorded live and released for broadcast at a later date, shown in cinemas around the UK.