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Saul (HWV 53)

David returns from the battle bearing the head of the giant Goliath – as a reward, King Saul promises him the hand of his horrified daughter Merab. But when David receives more popular acclaim than the King, Saul is consumed by jealousy. His daughter Michal advises David to soothe the incensed monarch with the calming strains of a harp. But Saul’s rage is merely exacerbated, and he finally casts a spear at David. When he misses, Saul orders his son Jonathan to slay David …

When setting this Old Testament material to music in 1738, George Frideric Handel worked together for the first time with the librettist Charles Jennens, who later on, for example, put together the text for the Messiah. The work was premiered on 16 January 1739 in the King’s Theatre at the Haymarket in London.

Pre-performance talks
Prof. Donald Burrows; 5 pm
Sportheim Turngemeinde 1860 Münden e. V.,
Lange Straße 41, Hann. Münden

Prof. Dr. Andreas Waczkat (in German); 5 pm
Drei-Flüsse-Theater, Kirchplatz 5, Hann. Münden
Duration approx. 30 min.

Admission with ticket for the performance


Performance material:
Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel · Basel · London · New York · Praha
Published by Percy M. Young


Historic costume tour (in German)
3.30 pm
Duration approx. 60 min.
3 € (ticket sales)


Coach transfer from Deutsches Theater Göttingen
Departure to the guided tour (in German) 2.30 pm
8 € (ticket sales)

Departure to the pre-performance talk and the concert 4 pm
8 € (no tickets available at the moment; waiting list)

The coaches back to Göttingen depart approx. 20 min. after the concert ends.

The access to the concert venue is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility, please see the overview.

The oratorio will be broadcast live by NDR Kultur.

In cooperation with the Mündener Kulturring e. V.


Supported by       



18 May
6 pm
St. Blasius Kirche
Duration approx. 3,5 hrs
» Waiting list


Markus Brück Baritone – Saul
Benjamin Hulett Tenor – Jonathan
Eric Jurenas Countertenor – David
Mary Bevan Soprano – Michal
Sophie Bevan Soprano – Merab
Raphael Höhn Tenor – High Priest, Witch of Endor

NDR Chor
Edzard Burchards 
Chorus master

FestspielOrchester Göttingen

Laurence Cummings Harpsichord and conductor