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Palais Garnier - from 13 to 30 January 2018

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Opera Georg Friedrich Haendel

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Palais Garnier - from 13 to 30 January 2018

3h05 with 1 interval

Language : English

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 13 January 2018


In few words:

When Jephthah, a biblical parable adapted from the Book of Judges, begins, the people of Israel are under the yoke of neighbouring nations which pillage and oppress them. Jephthah, destined to become their saviour, has grown up in the desert until becoming a powerful military leader. On leaving for battle, he swears to the god Jehovah that he will sacrifice the first person he meets on his way home. Alas, as he returns victorious, it is Iphis, his only daughter, who comes to meet him… Claus Guth directs this oratorio in which grief‑stricken voices interweave as they confront an apocalyptic situation. The drama seems to lead to a tragic denouement,

in accordance with Handel’s injunction: “It must be thus”. But must it really be thus?

  • Jephtha

    Oratorio en three acts

    • Music :

      Georg Friedrich Haendel

    • Libretto :

      Thomas Morell

    • Conductor :

      William Christie

    • Director :

      Claus Guth

    • Set design :

      Katrin Lea Tag

    • Lighting design :

      Bernd Purkrabek

    • Video :

      Arian Andiel

    • Choreography :

      Sommer Ulrickson

    • Dramaturgy :

      Yvonne Gebauer

    • Chorus master :

      François Bazola


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Audio clips

Podcast | Jephtha - Georg Friedrich Haendel

— By In partnership with France Musique

Media coverage

  • Les parties chorales de Jephtha sont aussi bouleversantes que celtes de la Messe en si de Bach

    Maurice Ulrich, L’Humanité
  • Voilée et puissante, brisée ou violente, la voix de Ian Bostridge épouse magni­fiquement la prosodie

    Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde

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