A performance directed by William Christie of Handel’s Belshazzar from the Aix Festival is being shown. His experienced team brought Handel’s not-so-high drama and philosophic tragedy to almost operatic dramatic standards as the Persian prince, Cyrus, overran the dissolute Babylonians and freed the captive Jews.
Belshazzar, written in 1744, was among the first English oratorios that Handel composed after he had abandoned the Italian opera form and so still retains a strong dramatic element.
Friday 15 Feb 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (Refreshments available)