Jephtha

Georg Friedrich Haendel

Palais Garnier - from 13 to 30 January 2018

Photo © Jonathan Sullam

Jephtha

Oratorio en three acts

Music
Georg Friedrich Haendel
Libretto
Thomas Morell

In English

Conductor
William Christie
Director
Claus Guth
Jephtha
Ian Bostridge
Storgé
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Iphis
Katherine Watson
Hamor
Tim Mead
Zebul
Philippe Sly
Angel
Valer Sabadus
Set design
Katrin Lea Tag
Lighting design
Bernd Purkrabek
Video
Arian Andiel
Choreography
Sommer Ulrickson
Dramaturgy
Yvonne Gebauer
Chorus master
François Bazola

Orchestre et Choeur des Arts Florissants
Coproduction avec De nationale Opera, amsterdam

French and English surtitles

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Hide thou thy hated beams, o sun, in clouds and darkness, deep as is a father's woe

- Jephtha, Acte III, scène 1

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?

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Sales open on 19 September 2017
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