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    Handel and the Old Testament: Saint or Showman?

    Sunday, 10 May 2015 10.30am–4.30pm

    Ebert Room, Glyndebourne

    9.45 – 10.30am – Complimentary coffee and tea available at Long Bar

    10.30 – 10.45am ‘Handel and the Old Testament: Saint or Showman?’
    Introduction
    Warwick Thompson (Moderator)

    10.45 – 11.45am ‘Saul: ‘Opera of the Mind’ for Handel’s time and ours’ Ruth Smith, a leading authority on Handel’s oratorios and operas, examines the place of Saul among Handel’s music dramas; Handel’s collaboration with librettist Charles Jennens; and the meanings of Saul for its first audiences and in the 21st century.

    11.45 – 12.00pm – Break

    12.00 – 12.30pm Warwick Thompson talks with assistant director Sinéad O’Neill about how a Glyndebourne production takes shape and about the unique challenges of Saul.

    12.30 – 2.00pm – Lunch*

    2.00 – 2.45pm ‘Baroque, Neo-Baroque, and Post-Modern: the dilemmas of staging 18th-century oratorio’
    Suzanne Aspden, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, explores why 18th-century oratorio, a form not staged at all in its own day, is such a popular choice for staging with both modern directors and modern audiences, and considers the tricky relationship between modern staging practice and assumptions on the one hand and 18th-century performance aesthetics on the other.

    2.45 – 3.30pm A Performance/ working rehearsal
    Extracts from Saul, with commentary by assistant director Sinéad O’Neill

    3.30 – 4.30pm Panel Discussion (chaired by Warwick Thompson)

    *Lunch is available at an extra cost of £15.50 for two courses in Nether Wallop Restaurant if pre-booked.

    How to book
    Places for this event can be booked from 9 March 2015 online or by telephone +44 (0)1273 815 000.