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Theodora (Glyndebourne Opera)
Theodora (Glyndebourne Opera)

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Item #:  D2099
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 207 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031209992
ISBN: 0-7697-7682-5

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For his 1996 Glyndebourne staging, radical American director Peter Sellars takes George Frideric Handel's penultimate English oratorio - a tale of self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard in fourth-century, enemy-occupied Antioch - and, by resetting it in modern-day America, transforms it into a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and persecution.


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Cast & Crew

Dawn Upshaw
David Daniels
Frode Olsen
Richard Croft
Lorraine Hunt

Composer: George Frideric Handel'sPeter Sellars

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Oratorio as Opera Seria: Excellent! November 11, 2013
Reviewer: Brian J Hay from Sarnia, Ontario  
Director Peter Sellars moved the story from Handel's Oratorio "'Theodora" from ancient Rome to modern day America and made an opera out of it. It worked well. The staging enhances the drama.

Frode Olsen's excels as Valens, the handsome and charismatic charlatan with no substance. Richard Croft's portrayal of Septimius is thought provoking. It forces the viewer to question what they'd do in similar circumstances. Countertenor David Daniels conveys the gentle nature of Didymus effectively through his singing and body language. Dawn Upshaw shines as the gentle natured Theodora. Lorraine Hunt lived every note she sang. Her performance here stands as one of the best I've seen in any genre.

William Christie's tempi combine the best elements of the grace and strength in the music. The playing of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is impeccable.

A performance like this is truly is the next best thing to seeing one live.

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