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Judas Maccabaeus (HWV 63)

Festival oratorio / version of 1747

Judas Maccabaeus is one of Handel’s most impressive and successful works. More than 50 performances took place in Handel’s lifetime alone. The integration of the libretto with the conflict between the Scottish Jacobites under the leadership of the Catholic Stuart pretender, Charles Edward, and the royalist government troops played a crucial role in this.
The original libretto tells the story of the struggle of the Jews against the rule of the Seleucids. Handel portrays the plot with colourful arias, touching laments, and exaltant triumph choruses.

Performance material: The New Novello Choral Edition (Channon)

Pre-performance talk (German):Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger, 5 pm, Stadthalle Göttingen, Großer Saal
Pre-performance talk (English): Amanda Babington, Ph.D., 5 pm, Stadthalle Göttingen, Tagungsraum 1

Access to the theatre and seating in the main hall is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility, please see the overview.

The concert will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast this concert on May 26, 2018 at 7.05 pm.

and numerous private donors


10 May
6 pm
Stadthalle Göttingen
Duration approx. 3 hrs


Kenneth Tarver Tenor – Judas Maccabaeus
Deanna Breiwick Soprano – Israelitish Woman
Sophie Harmsen Mezzo-sopran – Israelitish Man
João Fernandes Bass – Simon, Eupolemus
Owen Willetts Countertenor – Priest
Ina Jaks Alto – Messenger (*Member of the NDR Chor)

NDR Chor

David Cavelius Chorus master 

FestspielOrchester Göttingen

Laurence Cummings Harpsichord and conductor