• Details

    See Saul (captured live in 2015) in cinemas and online below until 2 August

    This video is no longer available. Join us this summer for our next free online streams -Vanessa – or check out our YouTube channel for more opera extracts.

    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.


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    From Thursday 26 July until Thursday 2 August

    Find a screening near you

    You can see Saul captured live at Festival 2015 in cinemas across the UK on Thursday 26 July.


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    From Thursday 26 July at 6.30pm

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  • Cast and creative team

    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

    Cast includes

    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