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Saul

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October
Friday
25
07:30 PM
October
Sunday
27
02:00 PM
November
Saturday
02
07:30 PM
November
Tuesday
05
07:30 PM
November
Friday
08
07:30 PM
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Language

Sung in English with projected English text

Age

Audience discretion advised

Running Time

3 hours and 2 minutes
1 intermission

Subject

Handel
Saul
An unlikely hero meets a resentful tyrant.

HGO Premiere

Critically acclaimed for its breathtaking design and stunning choruses, Barrie Kosky’s imaginative production of Handel’s dramatic biblical oratorio makes its US premiere at HGO. The story begins after David slays Goliath and follows the mental breakdown of the envious King Saul, who struggles with jealousy over his kingdom’s new hero.

Christopher Purves returns to the title role after an acclaimed run at the Glyndebourne Festival and is joined by HGO Studio alumni Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and Pureum Jo.

Sung in English with projected English text.

 

CAST    
Saul     Christopher Purves
     
David   Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
     
Michal   Andriana Chuchman
     
Merab   Pureum Jo
     
Jonathan   Paul Appleby
     
Abner/High Priest/Amalekite/Doeg   Keith Jameson
     
Witch of Endor   Chad Shelton
     
CREATIVE TEAM    
Conductor   Patrick Summers, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
     
Original Director   Barrie Kosky
     
Revival Director   Donna Stirrup 
     
Set & Costume Designer   Katrin Lea Tag
     
Original Lighting Designer   David Manion
     
Original Choreographer   Otto Pichler
     
Revival Choreographer   Merry Holden

 

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

 

Saul is a Glyndebourne production, originally performed in the Glyndebourne Festival 2015.

 

Premier Guarantor: The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
Underwriter: Hinda Simon

CAST

Pureum Jo
Pureum Jo ***
Merab
Jonathan
Keith Jameson
Abner/High Priest/Amalekite/Doeg
Chad Shelton
Witch of Endor
Organ soloist

CREATIVE TEAM

Patrick Summers
Conductor
Original Director
Donna Stirrup
Revival Director
Set and Costume Designer—
Original Lighting Designer
Associate Lighting Designer
Original Choreographer
Revival Choreographer
Richard Bado
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist
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