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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He was sixty-four years old when he began working on it in June It awoke peoplefrom their sleep and frightened them out of their houses. Didymus at a distance, the vizor of his helmet clos’d Didymus arrives too late to save her, and sets out to release her. The Hnadel maintian a vigil, led by Irene. She begs him to kill her but he cannot.

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Flutes are introduced in the prison scene, but some arias are very lightly accompanied which raises them far above the text. Handell himself valued more than any Performance of the kind; and when I once ask’d him, whether he did not look upon the Grand Chorus in the Messiah as his Master Piece?

Theodora was a failure with the public and only played three times. More works by George Frideric Handel.


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Valens, however, condemns both Didymus and Theodora to death and they sing a duet to their immortality. Act II is more intensely dramatic, proceeding through six contrasting scenes. Recitative Valens “‘Tis Dioclesian’s natal day” 3. When told that one of his supporters wanted to buy all the boxes for a hancel performance, Handel was heard to comment: Handel was disappointed by the poor reception given to Theodora. A week before the first performance on 16th March London experienced an unprecendented earthquake.

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. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License.

Air Theodora “Fond, flatt’ring world, adieu! Regrettably, many of the cuts made by Handel and others in the recitatives were perpetuated in the published scores of the work and significantly affected its reputation, since they obscured the story and in a few places resulted in verbal nonsense.

Handel made several cuts to the score, and revived the work only once, in Tragic opera in 3 acts. This entry is from Wikipediathe user-contributed encyclopedia. Air Septimius “Dread the fruits of Christian folly” It was not untilhanel Novello published a new edition by Watkins Shaw, that a complete score of Theodora became widely accessible.

Not popular with audiences in Handel’s day, Theodora is now recognised as a masterpiece and is sometimes fully staged as an opera. Accompagnato Didymus,Theodora “Forbid it, Heav’n! When asked if he regarded the Hallelujah Chorus of Messiah as his masterpiece, he replied according to the letter of Morell mentioned above: All the more profoundly moving then, is the tragic feeling of the following scene.


Chorus of Christians “Go, gen’rous, pious youth”. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.

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

From to he was in Italy, where he further developed his mastery of Italian musical style. Handel finished the oratorio on 31 Julyand its premiere was on 16 March Instead he dresses her in his uniform and, disguised as a soldier, Theodora escapes the cell leaving Didymus in her place.

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Didymus confesses to his friend and superior officer Septimius that he is a Christian and appeals to the other man’s sense of decency. Recitative Irene theovora love, how great thy pow’r! Coronation Anthem ‘The king shall rejoice’.

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