[ Erato / Warner Classics DVD / 2 DVD ]
Release Date: Monday 20 February 2017
Suitable for General Audiences
Handel's Theodora, a tale of Christian martyrdom in 4th century Antioch, is a dramatic oratorio rather than an opera, but it achieved a new currency in 1996, when William Christie conducted a staging at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Christie, who lives in France, was the natural choice to conduct Theodora's first Parisian staging - at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Autumn 2015.
"The performance met all expectations, offering the ensemble in top form. A fine roster of soloists was led by the creamy-voiced soprano Katherine Watson as Theodora, an aristocratic-born Christian in fourth-century Antioch; and the superb countertenor Philippe Jaroussky as Didymus, a Roman officer who has fallen in love with her and secretly converted to Christianity, in defiance of military law." New York Times