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Händel: Solomon

Listen to the world famous artist and Swedish royal court singer Anne Sofie von Otter in the title role of Georg Friedrich Händel's oratorio Solomon, together with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, UAK, and soloists.

The oratorio from 1748 is based on the biblical narrative about king Solomon. This baroque pearl blends Händel's beautiful and expressional recitatives and airs in operatic style with grandiose choruses similar to the composer's church music. The size and quality of the work is well in line with the composer's masterpiece oratorio Messiah, and is a must for all lovers of Händel's music.

The work has likely never been performed in Uppsala, nor perhaps never in its entirety in Sweden. Here, Solomon is performed in a brand new edition and dramatization made by Anders Eriksson, in which the dramatic character of the work is enhanced through a few small alterations and dramaturgical instructions.

Cast

Solomon: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo soprano

Queen of Sheba/First Harlot: Siri Karoline Thornhill, soprano

Zadok, the High Priest: Christian Diez, tenor

Nathan the Prophet: Manfred Bittner, bass

Second Harlot: Åsa Lansfors Lindblom, soprano

Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala

Drottningholm Baroque Ensamble

Stefan Parkman, conductor

fall 2020

Uppsala University hall

Stockholm