Introductory talk: Dr. Erik Dremel, Theological Faculty of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg | 6pm | Handel House, Glass Hall | Admission free – unnumbered seating (duration 30 minutes approx.) (in German)
The young Susanna, having been spied upon by men of wicked intent, is accused of adultery and sentenced to death, then saved by the prophet Daniel: this Old Testament story has inspired law and criminal fiction every bit as much as artists. Because what ultimately saves Susanna is the independent questioning of the witnesses. Handel composed the material eight years after his Messiah, and for it wrote music that was sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic, or filled with biting scorn and huge pathos. This timeless study of society about an encouragingly bold young woman will be performed by some familiar names at the Handel Festival. Besides Kammerorchester Basel, the MDR Radio Choir will also be taking part under the baton of British Handel specialist Paul McCreesh. The singers, with Mary Bevan in the leading role, also represent the crème de la crème of Baroque music, which is why we can expect a reference performance of this rarely heard oratorio.