See Saul (captured live in 2015) in cinemas and online on Thursday 26 July.
David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.
Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of truly Shakespearean scope.
Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.
Watch in cinemas
From Thursday 26 July
You can see Saul captured live at Festival 2015 in cinemas across the UK on Thursday 26 July.
From Thursday 26 July at 6.30pm
You can also watch Saul online, on this page and on telegraph.co.uk.
Bookmark this page and set a reminder now so you don’t miss out on Saul here from 6.30pm on Thursday 26 July.
Where can you see this opera online?
1. On this page
2. On telegraph.co.uk
How can you join in?
Join the conversation and be part of the experience by following @Glyndebourne and the hashtag #F18Saul
How long is the video available for?
The opera will be available to watch here on demand until 11.59pm on Thursday 2 August.
What is the next opera you can see online?
Our new production of Vanessa will streamed live* on Tuesday 14 August and be available to watch on demand until Tuesday 21 August.
How can you make sure you don’t miss the next opera stream?
Cast and creative team
Conductor Ivor Bolton
Director Barrie Kosky
Designer Katrin Lea Tag
Choreographer Otto Pichler
Lighting Designer Joachim Klein
Assistant to the Choreographer Silvano Marraffa
Saul Christopher Purves
David Iestyn Davies
Merab Lucy Crowe
Michal Sophie Bevan
Jonathan Paul Appleby
High Priest Benjamin Hulett
Witch of Endor John Graham-Hall
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus