THEODORA. By George Frideric Handel. libretto by Thomas Morrell. Theodora was first performed 16 March at Covent Garden Theatre. In English with. THEODORA (HWV 68) Libretto: Thomas Morell, after Robert Boyle, “The Matyrdom of Theodora and Didymus” First performance: 16th March Theodora (HWV 68) is a dramatic oratorio in three acts by George Frideric Handel, set to an English libretto by Thomas Morell. The oratorio.

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However, he is a loyal Roman and will libreetto out his orders. A harpsichord and violoncello play the continuo. Valens sends Septimius to Theodora with an offer of clemency if she makes a sacrifice before sunset. Coronation Anthem ‘The king shall rejoice’.

When told that one of his supporters wanted to buy all the boxes for a particular performance, Handel was heard to comment: The crowd expresses their satisfaction at this sentence.

He had written the oratorios Solomon and Susanna the previous year.

Handel was also concerned about the audience the Christian story with a tragic ending could attract. It had its first performance at Covent Garden Theatre on 16 March First, the theme of the persecution and martyrdom of a Christian saint may have been too removed from the Old Testament narratives that Londoners had become accustomed to from Handel’s dramatic oratorios. Eighty years after the event a witness decribed what had occured: Theodora goes librett offer herself in Didymus’ place, despite the protests of her faithful friend Irene.

Recitative Theodora “Though hard, my friends” In the Christian community, Theodora and Irene are praying. As is often the case, he sometimes makes use of pre-existing musical material by hwndel composers, but invariably transforms it in subtle and inventive ways. The hndel Act closes with a chorus of Christians praying for the mission’s success. It awoke peoplefrom their sleep and frightened them out of their houses. It is more likely that the tragic ending was the main problem.


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A week before the first performance on 16th March London experienced an unprecendented earthquake. Chorus of Heathens “And draw a blessing down” 5. He charges Septimius with carrying out his orders. Air Irene “Bane of virtue” Handel was disappointed by the poor reception given to Theodora.

Chorus of Christians “He saw the lovely youth”. Playlists Featured All Recommended. In London he won the greatest esteem and exercised an influence that tended to overshadow the achievements of his contemporaries and immediate successors.

She wakes with a start fearing the worse, but Didymus reveals his identity and calms lihretto. Didymus persuades Septimius to let him enter Theodora’s cell and rescue her, as Irene prays that God will protect Theodora. This would prove to be his penultimate major work, and it would be a further two years before he produced his final great oratorio, Jephtha.

All the more profoundly moving then, is the tragic feeling of the following scene. To handell knowledge, this took him up a great while in composing. Theodora Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Handel’s penultimate oratorio Theodora and makes a personal recommendation. When asked by some musicians for free tickets for a performance of Messiah, Handel’s response recorded by Charles Burney gives an indication of his bitter feelings: Theodora, a nobly-born Christian and her friend Irene are worshipping with their fellow believers in private rather than joining in the festival for the emperor’s birthday when a messenger brings news of Valens’ decree.

HANDEL Theodora – libretto

Didymus, a soldier secretly converted to Lubretto, asks that citizens whose consciences prevent them making sacrifices to idols be spared punishment, which Valens dismisses. Air Valens “Racks, gibbets, sword and fire” 7. Both offer to die in place of the other, but Valens will not let them bargain with their own fates and sends both of them to execution. With Theodora, the tale of two early Christian martyrs, Morell moved into new territory for English oratorio. handek


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Find out more about our use of this data. Theodora was a failure with the public and only played three times. Instead he dresses her hamdel his uniform and, disguised as a soldier, Theodora escapes the cell leaving Didymus in her place. Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Handel’s penultimate oratorio Theodora and makes a personal recommendation.

George Frideric Handel reprint ed. There are at least two explanations for this.

The original libretto included an extra scene in which Septimius converted to Christianity himself, but it was never set by Handel, though it was printed. Theodora Theodora, oratorio in three acts HWV It was handdl for Handel to include a castrato voice in his Libretot oratorios, but Guadagni had already appeared with great success in performances of Messiah and Samson, for which Handel had adapted the roles originally sung by Susannah Cibber.

However she feels guilty that she endangered Didymus’s life in order to save her own. Grosse komische Oper in two acts. Recitative Didymus,Theodora, Septimius “And must such beauty suffer?

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