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Wed, 09 Nov


Il-Belt Valletta

Handel’s Belshazzar HWV61

Handel's majestic 1744 Belshazzar Oratorio presented at the majestic St. John's co-cathedral in collaboration with ViBE Valletta Baroque Ensemble & Festivals Malta

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Handel’s Belshazzar HWV61
Handel’s Belshazzar HWV61

Time & Location

09 Nov 2022, 18:00

Il-Belt Valletta, Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

About The Event

Conductor: Steven Devine 

Orchestra: ViBE - Valletta Baroque Ensmeble 

Genre: Baroque

Handel’s 1744 oratorio Belshazzar is a work of considerable grandeur weaving together material from the biblical Book of Daniel and the Greek historian Herodotus. Belshazzar is one of many masterpieces composed by George Frideric Handel during his prime years which is nonetheless considered to be the most dramatic of his oratorios. It is de facto a sacred opera. As a result of the ban on biblical plots on theatrical stages in England at that time, it had to be composed in the form of an oratorio, Handel’s “invention” to circumvent the restrictions imposed through a non-staged performance which could be performed in churches as well. 

For this work Handel chose one of the most enthralling subjects in world and religious history: the fall of Babylon and the liberation of the Jewish people. 

Presented in collaboration with ViBE - Valletta Baroque Ensemble & Festivals Malta 

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