Ritual and Meaning in Handel's Theodora




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.





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