Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP
Britten–Pears Baroque Orchestra
Singers of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Christian Curnyn conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Handel Theodora 180’
Kieran will feature as a Britten Pears Young Artist in the first course of 2018, Handel’s Theodora. Renowned British Handelians Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn prepare this dramatic oratorio in masterclasses before presenting a concert performance as part of Snape Maltings’ Easter Weekend programme.
‘Find anything exciting happening in period opera in the UK and [Christian] Curnyn will be involved’ says The Spectator. True, Handel’s Theodora is technically an oratorio rather than an opera, but the inspiration, characterisation and sheer emotional power of this tale of martyrdom and loyalty in the early Church give it a sense of drama that sweeps all before it. Ceaselessly inventive, its scenes of meditative contemplation of love and faith contain some of Handel’s most ravishing music.