Notes & Reviews:
In this Glyndebourne production, radical American director Peter Sellar 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.
It is great Handel singing, but then musically and dramatically this production is flawless.
The Financial Times
As one profoundly beautiful aria followed another, the audience sat as if stunned.
William Christie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment gave this wonderful music - the most transcendental in all Handel (one achingly introspective number after another) - all the room in the world.
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