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DVD + Blu-Ray:
Handel: Saul from Theater an der Wien

Author: C Major Entertainment

2009, Claus Guth staged a highly impressive “Messiah” at the Theater an der Wien. With "Saul", he created again breathtaking musical theater at its finest.

  • Icon_CMajor_Saul | Copyright: © Unitel Edition / C Major Entertainment

    Icon_CMajor_Saul © Unitel Edition / C Major Entertainment

  • Handel: Saul from Theater an der Wien | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus

    Handel: Saul from Theater an der Wien © Monika Rittershaus

  • Handel: Saul from Theater an der Wien | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus

    Handel: Saul from Theater an der Wien © Monika Rittershaus

Florian Boesch in the title role dominates the production as the ruler slipping into madness. Boesch is an elemental force that attracts attention on stage like a black hole. As David, British countertenor Jake Arditti gives a perfect presentation of the change from the innocent boy to the man who, after many dramatic events, becomes Saul’s successor. "The pure Handel stroke of luck!" (Neue Musikzeitung). Anna Prohaska (Merab), Giulia Semenzato (Michal) and Rupert Charlesworth (Jonathan) perform convincingly the roles of Saul’s children who succumb to David’s physical and spiritual charms. The Freiburger Barockorchester under Christopher Moulds holds a finely textured balance between powerful ensemble and delicate solo passages of Handel’s score. The Arnold Schoenberg Choir’s nuanced singing - alternately exulting, admonitory or mournful - is as inspiring as the sound of the renowned period-instrument ensemble.
"Handel vividly, today, as a mirror of the metamorphoses of power." (Kurier)
"Florian Boesch as Saul is a vocal and acting elemental force, simply an ideal cast." (Die Presse)

Original title Handel: Saul from Theater an der Wien
Genre Opera
Recording location Theater an der Wien, April 2021
Duration 158 mins
Production Company A co-production of Unitel, ORF in cooperation with Theater an der Wien/Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and Mezzo with the support of AGRANA
Composer George Frideric Handel
Orchestra / Band Freiburger Barockorchester
Conductor Christopher Moulds
Choir Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Chorus Master Erwin Ortner
Stage Director Claus Guth
Soloist Florian Boesch, Jake Arditti, Anna Prohaska, Giulia Semenzato, Rupert Charlesworth

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