Ritual and Meaning in Handel's Theodora
SPONSORED BY DAVIDSON PERRY-MILLER
In 2019 Staunton Music Festival presented Handel's late masterpiece, the oratorio Theodora, a work filled with superlative music and layers of dramatic meaning. In this Perspective, stage director Timothy Nelson reflects back on his conception for the production of Theodora as well as the magical combination of people and events that brought the performance to fruition.
Timothy Nelson is active as a director in both North America and Europe. Recently Nelson directed "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" and “Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria” at London's Barbican Hall for the Academy of Ancient Music, “Un Ballo in Maschera” for Iford Arts Festival, and "Les Pêcheurs de Perles" for the Nationale Riesopera. He has also directed productions for Sardinia's Festival Ente Concerti, the famed Festivale della Valle d'Itria, and Rotterdam Opera Days. From 2002-2012 he served as Artistic Director of American Opera Theater before serving as Artistic Director of the Netherlands Opera Studio. Currently he is Artistic Director of the In Series in Washington DC.
Composed in 1749, Theodora is Handel's only full-scale oratorio in English on a non-Biblical subject. The story deals with conflicts between love and sacrifice, duty and conscience, set against the Roman occupation of Antioch. In HD with program notes.
One of Handel's most beloved arias from a masterpiece of Italian opera. Countertenor Daniel Moody delivers a deeply moving performance, accompanied by members of the SMF Baroque Players on period instruments. Include program notes and translation.
Vivaldi wrote dozens of scintillating stage works, including Orlando Furioso. In this video from 2014, contralto Sara Couden gives a commanding performance of the signature aria "Nel profondo."
Carsten Schmidt leads this performance for chorus and orchestra of Handel's Coronation Anthem ("Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened"), written in 1727 for the installment of George II. With program notes.
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