Emmanuel Music with Artistic Director Ryan Turner presents the Boston premiere of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Susanna. This compelling piece tells a story of the beautiful and innocent Susanna who is forced to face a judge for accusations of adultery, punishable by death, false claims made by the jealous and lustful Elders. This late work was written in the summer of 1748, during Handel’s shift from male-dominated, militant oratorios to works that featured strong, feminine characters. The dramatic story and theatrical music toe the line between traditional oratorio and opera. While many musical scholars criticize the work for its imbalance both musically and theatrically, Turner is attracted to the mercurial nature of the work. “This imbalance between comedy and tragedy, morality and lustful-instincts, and opera and oratorio prove to be compelling strengths of the work” says Turner.
Emmanuel Music has a long history with Handel Oratorios. “Handel is in our DNA,” says Turner, “"These are the finest musicians playing and singing Handel in Boston.” Kendra Colton, considered one of the foremost Handel sopranos, plays the role of Susanna, coloring it with her years of experience performing Handel works. Soloists include well-known Boston singers Deborah Rentz-Moore, Mark McSweeney, Teresa Wakim, Frank Kelley, Donald Wilkinson, Pamela Dellal, and Bradford Gleim, whose diverse styles wholly suit the musical and theatrical juxtaposition between dishonesty and morality, corruption and justice.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM with noted Handel scholar, Ellen T. Harris, MIT Professor Emeritus in Music and Theater Arts.
First Elder, tenor
Second Elder, bass
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Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church.
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