7:30pm | 17 December 2016 | Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
Theodora: Jennifer Coleman
Didymus: Feargal Mostyn-Williams
Irene: Polly Leech
Valens: Kieran Rayner
Septimus: Ben Smith
Join the RCM Oratorio Society for this concert setting of Handel’s Theodora performed with baroque orchestra.
The narrative of this 1750 oratorio follows the journey of one Christian woman’s path to martyrdom, and her quest for virtue in a time of Roman tyranny. Moved by her purity, the Roman soldier Didymus falls in love with Theodora, and betrays his own people trying to save her.
This compelling tale is one of Handel’s finest works – the composer himself ranked the final chorus of Act II ‘He saw the lovely youth’ far beyond The Messiah‘s famous ‘Hallelujah’. Do not miss what promises to be an evening of beautiful music and moving drama.
Image credit: Laura Loach