Saul - A Glyndebourne Festival production

George Frideric Handel - Composer
Erin Helyard - Conductor
Barrie Kosky - Director
Katrin Lea Tag - Designer
Joachim Klein - Lighting Designer
Otto Pichler - Choreogapher
Donna Stirrup - Revival Director
Brett Weymark - Chorus Master/Associate Conductor
Christopher Purves
Christopher Lowrey
Adrian Strooper
Mary Bevan
Taryn Fiebig
Kanen Breen
Stuart Jackson
State Opera Chorus

"“A knockout… Utterly enthralling”"
The Telegraph





Winner of the Opera and Music Theatre prize at the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

Australian Premiere, Exclusive to Adelaide


Presented in association with Adelaide Festival of Arts


The brilliant and provocative Barrie Kosky returns to Adelaide with his masterpiece, George Frideric Handel’s Saul.


Kosky, who directed the now legendary 1996 Adelaide Festival, has created an operatic work of stunning beauty, thrillingly replete with rich theatrical imagination and human drama. Massive choruses, a heartbreaking score and a lavish, baroque world bring this mythic tale of a Lear-like mad king and his crumbling family to life.


After inspiring euphoric reviews upon its premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2015, Kosky’s virtuosic Saul will play to Adelaide Festival audiences in March 2017 in an Australian exclusive performance series.

A Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, originally performed in the Glyndebourne Festival 2015. Presented by the Adelaide Festival in association with the State Opera of South Australia. With support from Adelaide Festival Centre.


This project has been assisted by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, Adelaide City Council, the South Australian Tourism Commission and the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.


Image credit: Bill Cooper

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  • Fri 3 Mar, 2017 7:30pm
  • Sun 5 Mar, 2017 7:30pm
  • Tue 7 Mar, 2017 7:30pm
  • Thu 9 Mar, 2017 7:30pm


3 hrs 15 mins, including interval


  • Adult $230.00
A Reserve
  • Adult $195.00
  • Concession $155.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed
B Reserve
  • Adult $165.00
  • Concession $130.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed
C Reserve
  • Adult $140.00
  • Concession $110.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed

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