The production marked the Glyndebourne debut of the Australian director Barrie Kosky and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
‘There is nothing safe about this show. It’s a knockout that brings the work blazingly alive and transforms bewigged pieties into high human drama.’
‘…a landmark production.’
‘…this magical, mesmerising new production of his Old Testament-inspired oratorio has the wow factor in spades – music-theatre at its knockout best.’
‘…the acting and singing of the Glyndebourne Chorus is the best I have ever seen.’
The first of Handel’s great English oratorios, Saul melds operatic-style, psychologically probing arias with mighty choruses. In this production Kosky creates a Baroque nightmare world in which this Lear-like tale of a mad king and his crumbling family unfolds.Saul is the latest in a line of popular productions of works by Handel at Glyndebourne since the opening of the new theatre in 1994; Theodora, Rodelinda, Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo.
Following the Sky Arts broadcast of Saul on 13 September, audiences across England can also see the production on stage as part of the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour from 24 October.
A live recording will be released on DVD and Blu-ray next spring.