A poet of the human heart through music, Handels brilliance at examining human nature is in full flight with Athalia. He presents characters rich in thought and feeling, combined with some simply stunning choruses that will knock your socks off. Then there are heart-stopping moments when everything clears but for a few strings and a single voice. Its just magic. In the sure hands of Cantillation an ensemble of voices with the speed, agility and flexibility of a chamber orchestra Athalia will be Pinchgut Opera at its very best.
The powerful plot comes alive in a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters. The murderous, idol-worshipping Queen Athalia is intent on eradicating the line of David. But one has escaped the slaughter: the child Joas has been raised in secret by Josabeth, the wife of the high priest Joad. Can Athalia succeed in her dreadful purpose that all heirs to the throne are to be destroyed?
Pinchgut Opera presents Handel's Athalia at City Recital Hall, from 21 - 26 June 2018.
Emma Pearson - Athalia
Miriam Allan - Josabeth
Clint van der Linde - Joad
Brenton Spiteri - Mathan
David Greco - Abner
Freddy Shaw - Joas
Orchestra of the Antipodes
Erin Helyard - Conductor and Harpsichord
Lindy Hume - Director
Melanie Liertz - Designer
Matthew Marshall - Lighting Designer
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