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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Theodora (Handel) – Wikipedia

Air Valens “Wide spread his name” Archived from the original on 24 September The shock was at half past five in the morning. However, rather than have her executed Septimius takes her away to a brothel where she will be prostituted to the Roman soldiers. Have a listen here:. Some years after Handel’s death, Morell remembered working with him on a number of oratorios. When told that one of his tbeodora wanted to buy all the boxes for a particular performance, Handel was heard to comment: One of Handel’s most loyal and enthusiastic supporters, Mary Delanywrote to her sister Ann saying librteto you remember our snug enjoyment of “Theodora?

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Valens condemns Didymus to death as Theodora arrives to save him. Theodora was a failure with the public and only played three times. Air Didymus “Kind Heav’n” Scene 7 Thomas Morell, engraving, pub. Eighty years after the event a witness decribed what had occured: Act I The scene is set in 4th century Antioch, which is occupied by the Roman army. He had a particular memory of Theodora: However, he is a loyal Roman and will carry out his orders.


Didymus, a Roman soldier, asks that those whose conscience forbids them from particpating be protected from punishment. Theodora was first performed 16 March at Covent Garden Theatre.

Recitative Irene “Tis night, but night’s sweet blessing is denied” The Christians celebrate her safe return, though Theodora herself is concerned for the safety of Didymus.

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Das Liebesverbot, Vienna Das Liebesverbot: The crowd expresses their satisfaction at this sentence. Theodora Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Handel’s penultimate oratorio Theodora and makes a personal recommendation.

As a result of the famed Glyndebourne production “As with rosy steps the dawn advances” has also become very famous. It awoke people from their sleep and frightened them out of their houses.

Perhaps the best known is “Angels ever bright and fair”.

She begs him to kill her but he cannot. He enjoyed aristocratic and later royal patronage, and librdtto occupied largely with the composition of Italian opera with varying financial success until the s.


Handel was disappointed by the poor reception given to Theodora. Didymus, a soldier secretly converted to Christianity, asks that citizens whose consciences prevent them making sacrifices to idols be spared punishment, which Valens dismisses.

Accompagnato Theodora “Oh, worse than death indeed!

George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas. A History of the Oratorio: Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Handel’s penultimate oratorio Theodora and makes a personal recommendation. Theodora was actually Handel’s favorite of his oratorios. Added, go to My Music to see full list.

Thomas Morell, after Robert Boyle, As the third part opens the Christians celebrate Theodora’s safe return. Chorus of Christians “O love divine”. He was successful in developing a new form, the English oratorio, which combined the musical felicities of the Italian operatic style with an increased role for the chorus, relative economy of production, and the satisfaction of an English and religious theosora elements that appealed to English Protestant sensibilities.

Words and music by Richard Wagner. Theodora” to My Music Add “Handel: