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 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.
Barrie Kosky’s extraordinary, award-winning, 2015 production is a blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio that pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.


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