Handel’s powerful oratorio is brought to life by Scotland’s finest period-instrument ensemble - the Dunedin Consort and John Butt.
John Butt | Conductor
Paul Appleby | Samson
Sophie Bevan | Dalila
Alice Coote | Micah
Matthew Brook | Manoah
David Soar | Harapha
Louise Alder | An Israelite/Philistine woman
Handel | Samson
Sung in English with English supertitles
Handel’s powerful oratorio – an opera in all but name – is one of his greatest dramatic works. It includes the much-loved ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ and ‘Total Eclipse’, vividly recounting the work’s moving Biblical tragedy.
This very special performance from Scotland’s finest period-instrument ensemble and chorus, under conductor and scholar John Butt, recreates the spectacular world premiere of Samson from 1743, featuring organ concertos during each interval.
Among the outstanding cast are renowned tenor Paul Appleby in the title role, brilliant soprano Sophie Bevan as the remorseful Dalila, and esteemed Handel interpreter Alice Coote as the Israelite Micah.
Mr Hedley G Wright
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