An extract of Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Handel’s SAUL, directed by Australian director Barrie Kosky in 2015, which was a great popular and critical success.
The story of King Saul is one of the most dramatic in the Old Testament. It’s about the king’s complicated relationship with his eventual successor, David, which evolves from admiration to envy and hatred and finally leads to Saul’s tragic demise. The drama is heightened by David’s friendship with Saul’s son Jonathan, whom Saul tries to enlist to destroy David. Triumph, joy, madness, warfare, death, jealousy, all sentiments present in this opera make it one of Handel’s most demanding and extraordinary works.
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