Commissioned by New Chamber Opera and first performed in Oxford in February 2007, Sam Hogarth's powerful retelling of the David & Goliath story will be performed fully staged at the end of Lent in Queen's college chapel. The ageing Israelite King Saul, troubled with strange fits and believing God has left him, requests a musician to calm his spirit; cue David, the self-righteous adolescent (cast as an ethereal counter-tenor), who manipulates himself into a position of influence, faces Goliath, and ultimately demands of Saul the greatest sacrifice. Guy Perry's libretto explores the relationships and tensions between love and duty, power and honour, fate and heroism, madness and music, and libretto and score combine to create an unsettling world that will haunt the audience long after the final bars are played.
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