No 78 Oratorio

Tue 12th June 2018  »  8:00 pm
Gewandhaus, Großer Saal
Mendelssohn at the Bach Festival

– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elias, op. 70, MWV A 25

Christian Immler (bass − Eliah), Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Roxana Constantinescu (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor), Bach Collegium Japan, Juilliard415, direction: Masaaki Suzuki

A Gewandhaus event
Ticket prices: € 101,72 | 79,72 | 63,22 | 46,72 | 35,72
reduced: € 81,92 | 64,32 | 51,12 | 37,92 | 29,12

After the great success of »Paulus« (1836), Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy planned to compose a new oratorio, which this time was to have an Old Testament protagonist – Elijah. However, he only actually began working on it years later, when a corresponding commission reached him from Birmingham. Mendelssohn set the English libretto, which very closely followed the narrative about the prophet Elijah in the 1st Book of Kings, to music. In writing it, he followed the principle that »with a subject like Elijah, the drama has to predominate – the people should be introduced speaking and acting like living characters, but it should not, God forbid, become a tone painting; instead, it should be a real, tangible world«.