THEODORA. By George Frideric Handel. libretto by Thomas Morrell. Theodora was first performed 16 March at Covent Garden Theatre. In English with. THEODORA (HWV 68) Libretto: Thomas Morell, after Robert Boyle, “The Matyrdom of Theodora and Didymus” First performance: 16th March Theodora (HWV 68) is a dramatic oratorio in three acts by George Frideric Handel, set to an English libretto by Thomas Morell. The oratorio.

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In London he won the greatest esteem and exercised an influence that tended to overshadow the achievements of his contemporaries and immediate successors.

In her prison cell, Theodora waits fearfully for her fate. Thomas Morell, after Robert Boyle, Read more at Wikipedia.

Theodora” to My Music Add “Handel: Coronation Anthem ‘My heart is inditing’. The 4th century AD. The Christians celebrate her safe return, though Theodora herself is concerned for the safety of Didymus. Retrieved 29 April The shock was at half past five in the morning.

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She begs him to kill her but he cannot. In her prison cell, Theodora waits fearfully for her fate. Eighty years after the event a witness decribed what theodoa occured: Recitative Didymus, Septimius “Oh, save her then” Recitative Didymus,Theodora, Valens “On me your frowns” Bennett] Click here for the complete libretto.


Thomas Morell, engraving, pub. Innocence, love, faith and courage bloom strong and full of promise, only to be struck down by blind hatred and the thirst for power.

Both offer to die in place of the other, but Valens will not let them bargain with their own fates and sends both of them to execution. Recitative Irene “O love, how great thy pow’r! A further revival planned for was cancelled because of his death.

He died in London in and was buried in Westminster Abbey in the presence of some 3, mourners. Ernani — Florence Ernani: Chorus of Christians “Go, gen’rous, pious youth”. He and Handel were good friends; the composer left the librettist pounds in his will. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Morell quotes Handel as saying “The Jews will not come to it because it is a Christian story; and the ladies will not come because it is a virtuous one.

The composer himself ranked the final chorus of Act II, “He saw the lovely youth,” “far beyond” “Hallelujah” in Messiah. Act II The Romans proceed with their celebrations.

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Chorus of Heathens “And draw a blessing down” 5. Appointed Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, the future George I of England, he visited London, where he composed the first London Ligretto opera, Rinaldo, in and settled two years later.


Air Didymus “The raptur’d soul” Act I is made of two great, contrasting scenes. Recitative Theodora startingDidymus “Oh, save me, Heav’n!

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To my knowledge, this took him up a great while in composing. There are at least two explanations for this. The Town don’t like it at all, but Several numbers in Theodora are based on themes from the vocal duets of the Pisan composer Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari — Didymus arrives too late to save her, and sets out to release her. She wakes with a start fearing the worse, but Didymus reveals his identity and calms her.

A week before the first performance on 16th March London experienced an unprecendented earthquake. Das Liebesverbot, Vienna Das Liebesverbot: Theodora Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Handel’s penultimate oratorio Theodora and makes a personal recommendation. Valens sends Septimius to Theodora with an offer of clemency if she makes a sacrifice before sunset. Artists Popular All Recommended.

He had a particular memory of Theodora: