Edinburgh International Festival: Handel’s Saul

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Neal Davies takes the title role in Handel’s Saul, joining Iestyn Davies, and exemplary period-instrument orchestra The English Concert under conductor John Butt for one of the true masterpieces of Baroque vocal music.

Saul is an opera in all but name, containing some of the composer’s most vivid music, and one of the largest, most colourful orchestrations he ever wrote. It tells of the first King of Israel’s early admiration and later envy and hatred towards his successor, David, and David’s love for Saul’s son Jonathan, in moving arias and powerful choruses that chart a cathartic journey from triumph to tragedy.

Sung in English with supertitles.

Photo: Neal Davies by Gerard Collett


Featured Artists

The English Concert

John Butt Conductor

Neal Davies Saul
Iestyn Davies David
Andrew Haji Jonathan
Sophie Bevan Merab
James Gilchrist High Priest
Liv Redpath Michal


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