Montéclair: Jephté - Hungarian Première

classical

  • 11 Mar 2019 7:00 PM
  • Palace Of Arts
Montéclair: Jephté - Hungarian Première
The figure of Jephthah is familiar from the Old Testament's Book of Judges. When discussing musical treatments of the story, music listeners would previously always think of the oratorios by Carissimi or Handel.

This concert offers the opportunity to encounter another musical setting that came eight decades after Carissimi's Jephte and two decades before Handel's Jephta.

In Montéclair's opera, Jephté, who has led Israel to victory against the Ammonites, is not required to sacrifice his sole daughter, in spite of his vow.

Before the battle, Jephté had prayed to God for help, offering, in exchange for aiding his way to victory, to sacrifice the first being he saw exiting his house after the triumph.

This turned out to be none other than his only daughter, Iphise - who, according to the libretto, is secretly in love with the enemy Ammon (an invention of the librettist that is not mentioned in the Bible). The soloists appearing together with the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir are world-class vocalists.

Tickets: HUF 2,500 – 6,900
Place: Palace Of Arts
Address: 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.
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