HANDEL, G.F.: Theodora (Staged Version) (Salzburg Festival, 2009)


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Theodora, HWV 68
Libretto/Text Author: Morell, Thomas
Libretto Source: Boyle, Robert
Conductor: Bolton, Ivor

Messenger: Davies, Ryland
Septimius: Kaiser, Joseph

Set/Stage Designer: Kurz, Annette
Costume Designer: Renzenbrink, Ursula
Lighting Designer: Bolliger, Stefan
Stage Director: Loy, Christof
Television Director: Rossacher, Hannes

Date of Production: 25-07-2009
Festival: Salzburg Festival
Venue: Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg
Playing Time: 03:07:42
Catalogue Number: A04001521

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, who was voted "director of the year" three times by the prestigious journal "Opernwelt", 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 instruments, the Salzburger Bachchor, and, above all, by a fine cast. It is led by the luminous Christine Schafer as a Theodora who "perfectly encapsulates the heroine's combination 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 (Rolling Stones) and classical worlds, captures the essence of this rarely recorded work, another joint project of the exclusive audiovisual partners Salzburg Festival and Unitel Classica.

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