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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

Handel
Saul
An unlikely hero, a slain giant, and a resentful tyrant.

HGO Premiere

Barrie Kosky’s imaginative production of Handel’s dramatic biblical oratorio has been critically lauded for its choruses and breathtaking design. The opera begins after David slays Goliath and follows the mental breakdown of the envious King Saul. In this stimulating and emotionally inspired production, Kosky creates a captivating drama highlighting the tension of social class and a world fraught with religious strife.

Christopher Purves returns to the title character after an acclaimed run at the Glyndeboune Festival. He is joined by HGO Studio alumni countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and soprano Pureum Jo. HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair conducts.

Sung in English with projected English titles.

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.

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Underwriter: Hinda Simon

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