Handel's Athalia

Pinchgut Opera presents

Handel's Athalia

City Recital Hall, Angel Place

The first great English oratorio

A poet of the human heart through music, Handel’s brilliance at examining human nature is in full flight with Athalia. He presents characters rich in thought and feeling, combined with some simply stunning choruses that will knock your socks off. Then there are heart-stopping moments where he clears everything away but a few strings and a single voice. It’s just magic. In the sure hands of Cantillation — an ensemble of voices with the speed, agility and flexibility of a chamber orchestra — Athalia will be Pinchgut Opera at its very best.

The powerful plot comes alive in a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters. The murderous, idol-worshipping Queen Athalia is intent on eradicating the line of David. But one has escaped the slaughter: the child Joas has been raised in secret by Josabeth, wife of the high priest Joad. Can Athalia succeed in her dreadful purpose that all heirs to the throne are to be destroyed?

Conductor & Harpsichord Erin Helyard
Director Lindy Hume
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Athalia Emma Pearson
Josabeth Miriam Allan
Joad Clint van der Linde
Mathan Brenton Spiteri
Abner David Greco


Orchestra of the Antipodes

Running time: approximately 3 hours, with one interval.

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