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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More works by George Frideric Handel. Performances Popular All Recommended. He had written the oratorios Solomon and Susanna the previous year.

As a result of the famed Glyndebourne production “As with rosy steps the dawn advances” has also become very famous. Nandel in the German town of Halle inHandel studied briefly at the University of Halle before moving to Hamburg inwhere he served as a violinist in the opera orchestra and subsequently as harpsichordist and composer.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A messenger arrives and warns them of Valens’s commands.

One of Handel’s most loyal and enthusiastic supporters, Mary Delanywrote to her sister Ann saying “Don’t you remember our snug enjoyment of “Theodora? Air Theodorq “Racks, gibbets, sword and fire” 7.

Despite his affection for the work, Handel never revived Theodora. He had a particular memory of Theodora: Valens, however, condemns both Didymus and Theodora to death and they sing a duet to their immortality. At the start of the second Act the festival in honour of the emperor and the goddesses is being enjoyed by the pagans. The University of North Carolina Press. There are at least two explanations for this. Septimius arrives and warns them of the punishment they face — a punishment Theodora is happy to embrace.


In strong contrast is the second scene, which presents the Christians with music of serenity, rapture and faith. The Christians celebrate her safe return, though Theodora herself is concerned for the safety of Didymus. La Esmeralda La Esmeralda: Theodora would much have preferred to die, but is led away to the temple. Recitative Didymus “Or lull’d with grief” Handel uses trumpets, horns, and drums in the Roman scenes. Retrieved from ” https: The omens for Theodora were not good.

Innocence, love, faith and courage bloom strong and full of promise, only to be struck down by blind hatred and the thirst for power. Views Read Edit View history. Air Irene “As with rosy steps the morn” Instead he dresses her in his uniform and, disguised as a soldier, Theodora escapes the cell leaving Didymus in her place.

Air Theodora “With darkness deep” Recitative Septimius “Mistaken wretches! The text reference is from the Gospel of St. Added, go to My Music to see full list. Theodora was a failure with the public and only played three times. But Valens is unbending and questions the soldier’s loyalty to Rome.

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Accompagnato Didymus,Theodora “Forbid it, Heav’n! Recitative Didymus,Theodora, Valens “On hadel your frowns” Handel was still showing remarkable creative abilitites when he completed Theodora in his 65th year. The latter detail is adopted by Boyle but is not in the earlier versions of the story.

Orchestra of the Antipodes. Hanrel sends Septimius to Theodora with an offer of clemency if she makes a sacrifice before sunset. Water Theodorx Music for the Royal Fireworks. Didymus enters the cell and finds Theodora asleep. 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.


Read more at Wikipedia. A servant maid in Charterhouse-square, was thrown from her bed, and had her arm broken; bells in several steeples were struck by the chime hammers; great stones were thrown from the new spire of Westminster Abbey; dogs howled in uncommon tones; and fish jumped half a yard above the water.

Irene hndel Didymus who goes in the hope of either rescuing her or dying with her. Dover Books on Music.

Theodora – George Frideric Handel – Concerts, Introduction & Performances – BBC Music

Theodora is a tale from ancient Rome that speaks to our hearts, here and now. Despite Irene’s efforts to restrain her, Theodora rushes to the Roman court to offer herself in place of Didymus.

Coronation Anthem ‘The king shall rejoice’. Regrettably, many of the cuts made by Handel and others in the recitatives were perpetuated in the published scores of the work and significantly affected its reputation, since they obscured the story and in a few places resulted in verbal nonsense.

The first Act closes with a chorus of Christians praying for the mission’s success. As they blissfully enter immortality together the Christian community join in a hymn of praise. Lohengrin, Bayreuth Live Opera in three acts.

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