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George Frederick Handel’s Jephtha
An Iford Arts Production

Jephtha’s bold deal with God leads to unimaginable consequences for his innocent daughter Iphis and his outraged wife, Storge. As Jephtha’s faith is challenged and his doubts grow Handel lays bare this extraordinary family drama with stunning arias which reveal him still at the very  height of his powers.  From Jephtha’s ‘How dark O Lord are thy decrees’ to his achingly beautiful ‘Waft her, Angels, through the skies’; from  Storge’s nightmarish  ‘Scenes of Horror’ to the great quartet ‘O spare your daughter’ the old testament story surges forward framed with dramatic choruses from an ensemble of young Handelians. Conducted by Christopher Bucknall (Agrippina in 2015) and directed by Tim Nelson, this great work, with its surprising conclusion, still raises questions for today.

Jephtha CollagePRODUCER Iford Arts
DIRECTOR Timothy Nelson
CONDUCTOR Christopher Bucknall
DESIGNER Rachel Szmukler
LIGHTING DESIGNER Christopher Nairne

JEPHTHA Christopher Turner
IPHIS Lucy Page
ZEBUL Frederick Long
STORGÉ Marianne Vidal
HAMOR Benjamin Williamson

Sung in English


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