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THEODORA. By George Frideric Handel. libretto by Thomas Morrell. Theodora was first performed 16 March at Covent Garden Theatre. In English with. THEODORA (HWV 68) Libretto: Thomas Morell, after Robert Boyle, “The Matyrdom of Theodora and Didymus” First performance: 16th March Theodora (HWV 68) is a dramatic oratorio in three acts by George Frideric Handel, set to an English libretto by Thomas Morell. The oratorio.

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Morell’s source for the libretto was The Martyrdom of Theodora and of Didymus by Robert Boylea prominent scientist and theologian. However, rather than have her executed Septimius takes her away to a brothel where she hteodora be prostituted to the Roman soldiers. He had a particular memory of Theodora: Recitative Didymus,Theodora, Valens “On me your frowns” A week before the first performance on 16th March London experienced an unprecendented earthquake.

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Not jandel with audiences in Handel’s day, Theodora is now recognised as a masterpiece and is sometimes fully staged as an opera. He had a particular memory of Theodora: Support our Maestro Appeal. A further revival planned for was cancelled because of his death.


In her prison cell, Theodora waits fearfully for her fate. Parsifal, Bayreuth Live Parsifal.

The Town don’t like it at all, but This entry is from Wikipediathe user-contributed encyclopedia. This would prove to be his penultimate major work, and it would be a further two years before he produced his final great oratorio, Jephtha.

Click here for the complete libretto. Didymus, a soldier secretly converted to Christianity, asks that citizens whose consciences prevent them making sacrifices to idols be spared punishment, which Valens dismisses.

Didymus turns now to Septimius with the same argument. Recitative Didymus,Irene “Unhappy, happy crew! It has sometimes been staged as an operamost notably in the highly acclaimed production by Peter Librdtto at Glyndebourne.

It was not untilwhen Novello published a new edition by Watkins Shaw, that a complete score of Theodora became widely accessible. He charges Septimius with carrying out his orders. To my knowledge, this took him up a great while in composing. Theodora has many achingly beautiful arias and choruses. Air Irene “Defend her, Heav’n!

A History of the Oratorio: Grosse komische Oper in two acts. Recitative Irene “O love, how great thy pow’r! Recitative Irene “She’s gone” Chorus of Christians, Chorus of Heathens [4]. Valens condemns Didymus to death as Theodora arrives to save him. According to the dates entered on his autograph score, Handel began composing Theodora on 28 June and finished drafting all three parts on 17 July.


Theodora – George Frideric Handel – Concerts, Introduction & Performances – BBC Music

I have heard the work three times and will venture to pronounce it as finished, beautiful and labour’d [well worked-out] a composition as ever Handel made. Recitative Septimius “I know thy virtues” Act I The libtetto is set in 4th century Antioch, which is occupied by the Roman army.

Septimius arrives and warns them of the punishment they face – a punishment Theodora is happy to embrace. Valens sends Septimius to Theodora with an offer of clemency if she makes a sacrifice before sunset.

Air Didymus “Kind Heav’n” Scene 7 Retrieved 29 April