Samson is generally considered to be one of Handel’s finest dramatic works. The libretto is based on Milton’s Samson Agonistes rather than the Biblical narrative in Judges 16. Handel began to compose Samson immediately after completing Messiah, although he carried out a substantial revision when he returned to London from Dublin after Messiah’s premiere. It is a highly operatic work and contains some truly dramatic music such as the beautiful Soprano aria ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ and the heartrending ‘Total eclipse’, as well as some of Handel’s liveliest choruses, including the the wonderfully mysogynistic ‘To man God’s universal law gave power to keep the wife in awe’ and the triumphant finale, ‘Let their celestial concerts all unite’.
Samson proved to be one of Handel’s most successful and popular oratorios during his lifetime and we are looking forward to continuing our exploration of Handel’s Old Testament oratorios with this fantastic work.
Tickets for this concert will be on sale from mid-October.
Date(s) - 16/11/2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm