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Handel's Solomon

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 19:00
Performers
Christian CurnynConductor
Lucy CroweSopranoQueen of Sheba, Pharoah's Daughter and 1st Harlot
James WayTenorZadok
Neal DaviesBassLevite
Iestyn DaviesCountertenorSolomon
Zoe BrookshawSoprano2nd Harlot
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

When two harlots claim a single baby, King Solomon decrees that the boy be cut in half. Desperate to save her son, the real mother is identified when she rejects the proposal and relinquishes the child.

This great Handelian oratorio is a celebration of love in all its forms, from the sensuous passion between the King and his wife to the selfless love of a mother for her child. The rich imagery of the music is dramatised with an all-star cast including Iestyn Davies, James Way, Lucy Crowe and Neal Davies. The concert includes the famous, oboe-piping Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

This concert marks the start of the OAE's 2020-21 Season: The Edge of Reason; the fourth of their Six Chapters of Enlightenment series. This season the Orchestra explore some of the great arguments that played out in the life and the art of the late Eighteenth century, arguments which still grip us today with freshly minted vigour.

© Eric Richmond
© Eric Richmond
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