Theodora, the masterpiece of Handel’s old age, was said to be his favourite oratorio. Set in 4th‐century Antioch, it concerns the martyrdom of Theodora, a noble Christian lady and her lover Didymus, a Roman officer, at the hands of the villainous Roman governor Valens. Handel responded to Thomas Morell’s tragic drama with music of superb quality, by turns passionate, dramatic and full of pathos.
Peter Holman’s vivid and authoritative performances of Baroque music have delighted audiences for many years. A strong team of soloists is led by SVF favourite Philippa Hyde and includes several of the exciting young singers who featured in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulise at the last Festival.
Tickets: £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved)