Handel's Hercules

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Inspired by a 2500-year-old Greek tragedy, this emotional shocker remains piercingly relevant today. Handel's brilliant music matches Sophocles's drama every step of the way as Dejanira, wife of supreme warrior Hercules, waits years for him to return from battle. Hercules returns to a hero's welcome, but there's danger in his latest victory. 

This time Hercules didn't kill some mythic monster; he's killed a mortal enemy and enslaved the man's lovely daughter. Now he's brought her home, threatening everything Dejanira holds dear. Mad with jealousy, she sends her husband a gift that promises to rekindle his passion. And burn he does — engulfing himself and everyone around him in emotional devastation.

CAST:

Dejanira - Alice Coote
Hercules - Eric Owens
Lichas - David Daniels
Iole - Lucy Crowe
Hyllus - Richard Croft

CONDUCTOR: Harry Bicket
STAGE DIRECTOR: Peter Sellars
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Donald Nally

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