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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He saw the lovely youth” ‘. It is also Handel’s only dramatic oratorio in English on a Christian subject. Some of Handel’s patrons appreciated the work, however.

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Chorus of Heathens “Queen of summer, queen of love” London’s Jewish community had welcomed Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, which he had written in celebration of the Duke of Cumberland’s victory over yandel Jacobites at Culloden, and which was also based on a libretto byThomas Morell. The Libertto opening of this chorus recalls the Sinfonia with which the act had opened. She begs him to kill her but he cannot. As the third part opens the Christians celebrate Theodora’s safe return.

Dramma lirico in four parts. She ahndel him to kill her but he cannot. He was sixty-four years old when he began working on it in June When asked by some musicians for free tickets for a performance of Messiah, Handel’s response recorded by Charles Burney gives an indication of his bitter feelings: Air Valens “Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless pray’r!


Theodora Anne Sofie von Otter: Recitative Irene, Theodora discovering herself “But see, the good, the virtuous Didymus! Recitative Septimius “Mistaken wretches! Theodora differs from the former two oratorios because it is a tragedy, ending in the death of the heroine and her converted lover.

Theodora was a failure with the public and only played three times. A week before the first performance on 16th March London experienced an unprecendented earthquake. He died in London in and was buried in Westminster Abbey in the presence of some 3, mourners.

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Recitative Irene hahdel love, how great thy pow’r! In the temple of Venus which serves as a brothel, Theodora is frightened, but her mood changes as she contemplates the afterlife. Septimius suspects that Didymus is secretly a Christian, and admits that he too would prefer to show mercy to those who refuse to celebrate.

Many people fled London in panic, and were still absent when Handel opened his season a few days later. Zaira Zaira, Tragedia lirica in two acts.

Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Handel’s penultimate oratorio Theodroa and makes a personal recommendation. The oratorio concerns the Christian martyr Theodora and theorora Christian-converted Roman lover, Didymus.

Ernani — Florence Ernani: The result was one of the most effective oratorio librettos ever offered to Handel, and was duly recognised as such by the composer himself.


Act I is made of two great, contrasting scenes. This would prove to be his penultimate major work, and it would be a further two years before he produced his final great oratorio, Jephtha.

Hhandel Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas. The oratorio is scored for 2 sections of violins, violas, cellos, double basses, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, harpsichord, and organ. Handel wrote Theodora during his last period of composition.

Didymus, a Roman soldier, asks that those whose conscience theocora them from particpating be protected from punishment. Water Music Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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Coronation Anthem ‘The king shall rejoice’. Act I The scene is set in 4th century Antioch, which is occupied by the Roman army. Eighty years after the event a witness decribed what had occured: The first cast of Theodora included the alto-castrato Gaetano Guadagni, for whom Handel wrote the role of Didymus.

Recitative Didymus,Irene “Unhappy, happy crew! Air Theodora “Fond, flatt’ring world, adieu! Didymus turns now to Septimius with the same argument. Grosse komische Oper in two acts. Air Didymus “Kind Heav’n” Theidora 7 Recitative Didymus,Theodora, Septimius “And must such beauty suffer? Recitative Theodora startingDidymus “Oh, save me, Heav’n!