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Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Pitt St Methodist Church, 78 Pitt St, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $32.50 ($30.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Senior: $27.50 ($25.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: Robert Howell

Handel's oratorio Saul is an epic work of great and noble drama which is almost operatic in its composition with very vivid characterisation and realisation. Handel employs an extremely rich array of instruments for this work including trombones, trumpets, kettledrums, carillon and harp (in addition to the usual woodwind and strings). Exquisite solo airs are interspersed with powerful and thrilling choruses. The drama follows the well-known biblical story about David slaying Goliath then being warmly received by King Saul and offered Saul's elder daughter Merab as a reward. However she scorns the lowly shepherd boy and her younger sister Michal reveals her feelings for him, along with the praise of her fellow Israelites. Saul is moved to a fit of envious rage as David is more revered than he is. He tries to have his son Jonathan kill David, but he refuses. Jonathan and Saul are eventually both killed in battle and David is declared the new king of Israel.

We have an excellent cast of soloists for Saul including:
Joel Amosa - Saul
Gina Sanders - Michal
Iain Tetley - Jonathan
Carolyn Medland - David
Emma Roxburgh - Merab

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