Saul (Handel), 2015

Saul (Handel), 2015

Barrie Kosky’s sensational staging of Handel’s oratorio marries spectacle and psychology. Experience Kosky's extraordinary creativity ahead of his return next summer with our first-ever production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.

Plus, get a taste of a Glyndebourne Encore subscription and enjoy an exclusive introduction from opera specialist Alexandra Coghlan. Alexandra is joined by Handel biographer Jonathan Keates and novelist Donna Leon to take a closer look at Saul and explore how the opera and this production break the mould.

The cast includes Christopher Purves (Saul), Iestyn Davies (David), Sophie Bevan (Michal) and Paul Appleby (Jonathan) with conductor Ivor Bolton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Saul was the Opera of the Month for December 2021.

Subscribers can watch Handel's Saul online now.

Photo: Bill Cooper

Saul (Handel), 2015
  • Saul - full opera

    David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.



  • Saul: explore with Alexandra

    Combining the expressive arias of Handel’s operas – each a window into the human soul, or lack thereof – and the dynamic chorus writing of his church music, Saul is the original 18th-century blockbuster.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to Handel biographer Jonathan Keates and novelist Donna Leon to expl...