Starkly powerful Jephtha at Dutch National Opera

Handel: Jephtha

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 9th November 2016

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Jephthah’s Daughter (1876) by Édouard Debat-Ponsan, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes the price of peace is war, but the price of war is always ruinous. Claus Guth’s pessimistic new staging of Handel’s last oratorio, Jephtha, illustrates this with scenes of military carnage clad in smoky darkness. However, Guth is probably less interested in such overarching conclusions than in the destructive collision of public ambition and private life.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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