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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HANDEL Theodora – libretto

Many people fled London in panic, and were still absent when Handel opened his season a few days later. Morell quotes Handel as saying fheodora Jews will not come to it because it is a Christian story; and the ladies will not come because it is a virtuous one.

Have a listen here:. I have heard the work three times and will venture to pronounce it as finished, beautiful and labour’d [well worked-out] a composition as ever Handel made. As a result of the famed Glyndebourne production “As with rosy steps the dawn advances” has also become very famous.

The Christians celebrate her safe return, though Theodora herself is concerned for the safety of Didymus. The chorus pray to heaven for his success. Lord Shaftesbury wrote in a letter to a friend. Air Valens “Ye ministers of justice” Scene 6 Listen to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sing this divinely beautiful piece: The latter detail is adopted by Boyle but is not in the earlier versions of the story.


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He enjoyed aristocratic and later royal patronage, and was occupied largely with the composition of Italian opera with varying financial success until the s. In strong contrast is the second scene, which presents the Christians with music of serenity, rapture and faith.

Air Theodora “When sunk in anguish and despair” The chorus pray to heaven for his success. 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?

In her prison cell, Theodora waits fearfully for her fate. Recitative Valens “Return, Septimius, to the stubborn maid” Performances Popular All Recommended. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.

Septimius arrives llbretto warns them of the punishment they face – a punishment Theodora is happy to embrace. Luke, when Christ resurrects the son of the widow of Nain. Theeodora music gives the choruses of Roman pagans, presented in the libretto as evil people gloating over the torture of Christians, “immense verve and charm”.


Didymus, a Roman soldier, theosora that those whose conscience forbids them from particpating be protected from punishment.

Despite his affection for the work, Handel never revived Theodora. In Guadagni would create the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo in Vienna. Didymus arrives too late to save her, and sets out to release her. Sign in to the BBC, or Register.

Accompagnato Didymus,Theodora “Forbid it, Heav’n! Recitative Valens “Ye men of Antioch” Septimius suspects that Didymus is secretly a Christian, and admits that he too would prefer to show mercy to those who refuse librftto celebrate. HamletMoscow Hamlet: Recitative Irene “O love, how great thy pow’r! Theodora goes to offer herself in Didymus’ place, despite the protests of her faithful friend Irene.

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Instead he dresses her in his uniform and, disguised as a soldier, Theodora escapes the cell leaving Didymus in her place. The 4th century AD. Theodora would be his penultimate oratorio.

Music composed by G. Air Theodora “The pilgrim’s home”