Samson is generally considered to be one of Handel’s finest dramatic works. The libretto, by Newburgh Hamilton, is based on Milton’s Samson Agonistes, which in turn was based on the well-known story of Samson and his betrayal by Delilah, as told in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges. 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. Samson probved 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 wonderful work.
Date(s) - 16/11/2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm