UK premiere of the 1774 oratorio by Cristiano Lidarti to a libretto in Hebrew by Rabbi Jacob Saraval
13 March 2022
Free Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb NW11 1AA
HGO is proud to present the UK premiere of the unique oratorio ‘T’shuat Yisrael al Yedey Ester – The Salvation of Israel by Esther’ , at The Free Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, on 13 March 2022 – just before the Jewish festival of Purim, which celebrates the biblical story of Esther.
The libretto, in Hebrew, commissioned by the Sephardi congregation of Amsterdam from Rabbi Jacob Saraval in the 1750s, was set a few years later by the Italian composer Cristiano Lidarti (1730-1795). His charming setting was lost until the manuscript turned up in Cambridge University Library in the 1990s.
Lidarti’s galant style is clearly influenced by both Haydn and the tradition of Pergolesi. Scored for choir and baroque orchestra of strings, horns and oboes, with solo roles for Esther, Haman, Mordecai and Ahasuerus performed by HGO stars, this performance, sung in the original Hebrew, will be the first ever in England.
Choir and Orchestra