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Work: Jephtha

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Prom 55: uneven soloists in Handel's Jephtha

Allan Clayton and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Poor diction and lack of heft from some principals mar the composer's last great oratorio. 
***11
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"It must be so": Handel's Jephtha

Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Claus Guth's production of Handel's last oratorio lands in Paris, where William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and a stellar cast. 
****1
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Oper Halle's Jephtha lacks coherency

Robert Sellier (Jephtha) and Chorus © Tobias Kruse
Jephtha at the Halle Handel Festival subverts the text, and provides little in the way of dramatic or musical compensation.
**111
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Handel’s Jephtha in Zurich

While the oratorio “Jephtha” is rarely performed, Joachim Krause recently conducted the Capriccio Barockorchester and some 120 singers of the Gemischte Chor Zürich to delight a Zurich audience.
***11
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Starkly powerful Jephtha at Dutch National Opera

Concerto Köln, honed to perfection, and an accomplished cast star in Claus Guth's tense, dark staging of Handel's Jephtha. 
****1
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