Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68


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26th April 2011




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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

Christine Schäfer (Theodora), Bejun Mehta (Didymus), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Valens), Bernarda Fink (Irene), Joseph Kaiser (Septimius), Ryland Davies (Messenger)

Freiburger Barockorchester, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Christof Loy (stage director)

DVD Video - 2 discs


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Handel’s oratorio Theodora, in its first-ever staging at the Salzburg Festival ,was among the highlights of the Handel year in 2009.

Great cast that features Christine Schäfer and Bejun Mehta, conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Acclaimed stage director Christof Loy presented Theodora as the profoundly moving tale of a woman who prefers death to denying her own faith.

Video director Hannes Rossacher, known both in the pop (Rolling Stones) and classical world (Mozart's "Lucio Silla" for UNITEL), captures the essence of this rarely recorded work.

Running Time Opera: 189 minutes

International Record Review

July/August 2011

“Ivor Bolton conducts with a freshness, a liveliness, even in sad, inward-looking solos and choruses, which does not mean a lack of sensitivity but rather an avoidance of dullness...Among the six singers in the cast there is not one weakness.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2011


“The performances are generally dramatically real...Outstanding is Bejun Mehta's sweet-toned yet dynamic Didymus. Ivor Bolton secures an efficient musical performance.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2011

“Joseph Kaiser gives an outstanding vocal and dramatic performance as the beleaguered Roman guard Septimius...The Salzburg Bach Choir manages the impressive feat of moving around a lot while remaining vocally balanced and blended (and their English is flawless)...The music provision from the classy team of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Ivor Bolton is exemplary at letting Handel do the talking.”

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