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    George Frideric Handel

    Power couple Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres in Handel’s sombre Jephtha.

    Photo de Michael Spyres © Marco Borelli
    Michael Spyres © Marco Borelli
    Photo de Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
    Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
    Photo de Francesco Corti © Markus Gårder
    Francesco Corti © Markus Gårder

    Michael Spyres | Jephtha
    Joyce DiDonato | Storgé
    Mélissa Petit | Iphis
    Jasmin White | Hamor

    Francesco Corti | direction
    il Pomo d’Oro 

    The story of the composition of Jephtha by Handel has all the makings of a drama in its own right. This is the last oratorio written by the ageing musician whose sight was fast failing, but perhaps the most moving. The work bears the marks of the illness that afflicted him while he was composing it, but which did not undermine his faith. “Whatever is, is right” sings the chorus. Handel’s conviction and energy appear unshakeable. The original score bears the marks of the musician’s pain: “Arrived here on Wednesday 13 February. Couldn’t continue because of my left eye.” A little later, on 23 February, he writes: “feeling slightly better, Have resumed work”. These words are reflected in his music. The huge star Joyce DiDonato will in turn embody this painful journey suffused with the vocal sumptuosity which is the hallmark of the musician’s entire œuvre.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées