Peter Sellers takes Handel’s tale of self sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman bodyguard in 4th century Antioch and by resetting it in modern day America, transforms it into a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and persecution.
William Christie conductor
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast: Lorraine Hunt, David Daniels, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Croft
Recorded live at Glyndebourne in May and June 1996
3 CD set, total playing time 3 hours, 20 minutes
Sung in English. Booklet contains full libretto and synopsis in English and translation of synopsis in French and German.
“As one profoundly beautiful aria followed another, the audience sat as if stunned.” Richard Fairman, Financial Times
“…A musical, dramatic and spiritual experience of rare and precious quality.” Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph