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|Sat 6 Oct ’12, 3:00pm–6:00pm||
Where: Pitt St Methodist Church, 78 Pitt St, Auckland
Restrictions: All Ages
- General Admission: $35.00
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- Booking fees may apply
Event listed by: Robert Howell
Handel's penultimate oratorio is unusual in that it is taken entirely from the Christian scriptures, also in that there is no happy ending for Theodora or her lover Didymus who both die for their belief in God. Theodora, who is imprisoned for refusing to offer a sacrifice to the Roman goddesses Venus and Flora, has some exquisitely languid music, along with her lover Didymus. They share some beautiful duets which add to the musical variety, along with typically robust Handelian choruses. The Roman governor Valens (sung by Chalium Poppy) has a number of pompous, blustering bass airs which are very exciting. The most famous air from this work is the hauntingly beautiful "Angels, ever bright and fair". Handel apparently ranked the chorus "He saw the lovely youth" far above his "Hallelujah" chorus from Messiah.
Soloists include Amelia Ryman as Theodora, Iain Tetley as Septimius and Chalium Poppy as Valens. Director Robert Howell.
- Adult $35
- Senior $30
- Student $10