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?’
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.