Handel: Theodora (2-DVD) – Philippe Jaroussky, Katherine Watson

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Handel: Theodora (2-DVD) – Philippe Jaroussky, Katherine Watson

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Artists: Philippe Jaroussky, Katherine Watson, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Kresimir Spicer, Callum Thorpe, Sean Clayton, Orchestre et Chœur Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Director: Stephen Langridge
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: German, French, English
Regon: All Regions
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Warner Classics
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2017
Run Time: 182 minutes

Handel’s Theodora, a tale of Christian martyrdom in 4th century Antioch, is a dramatic oratorio rather than an opera, but it achieved a new currency in 1996, when William Christie conducted a staging at Glyndebourne Festival Opera; this led to an audio recording, released by Erato in 2003 and described by Gramophone as “a magnificent and deeply satisfying performance.” Christie, who lives in France, was the natural choice to conduct Theodora’s first Parisian staging – at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Autumn 2015.

Le Monde spoke of William Christie’s conducting in glowing terms; it achieved “great mystic depth” through “phrasing that was both firm and subtle, pure but warm in tone, empathetically following each inflection of anger, pain or ecstasy. The sonic fabric was rich and dense, the attack precise.”

Le Monde described Philippe Jaroussky’s performance of Didymus’s aria “Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care” as “a model of ardent luminosity and commitment.” In the title role, the young British soprano Katherine Watson – an alumna of Christie’s program for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix – was “moving, singing with a noble line, especially in the slow arias.”


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