From the 2009 Salzburg Festival
Oratorio by George Frideric Handel
Words by Thomas Morell
A highlight of the Handel commemorative year (250th anniversary of death) was the Salzburg Festival’s first-ever staging of Handel’s oratorio “Theodora” of 1750.
Christof Loy created a production that is, in his words, “almost as an installation”, and groups his characters around the remains of a gigantic organ in situations that echo the libretto’s tragic dilemma of love, faith and virtue.
His concept is supported by the vigorous Ivor Bolton and the Freiburger Barockorchester playing on original instru- ments, the Salzburger Bachchor, and, above all, by a fine cast. It is led by the luminous Christine Schäfer as a Theodora who “perfectly encapsulates the heroine’s combi-nation of fragility and defiance” (AFP), and countertenor Bejun Mehta, who “excels as Theodora’s lover Didymus” (The New York Times).
Video director Hannes Rossacher, known both in the pop and classical worlds, captures the essence of this work.
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