HANDEL
HERCULES

SYMPHONY HALL

Continuing his acclaimed cycle of Handel oratorios, Harry Christophers leads all forces in Hercules, the tempestuous tale of the mighty hero returning home from war and reconnecting with the life he left behind. Jealousy, remorse, and one of the greatest mad scenes ever composed—it’s Handel at the peak of his powers.

Hercules includes some of the most powerfully dramatic of all Handel’s music.”

– Gramophone

“The highest peak of late Baroque music drama.”

– Paul Henry Lang, music critic

“Perhaps Handel’s greatest achievement.”

– Henry Prunieres, musicologist

“The culmination of Handelian musical drama, and indeed one might say of the whole musical theater before Gluck.”

– Romain Rolland, author

“One of the great mezzo-soprano roles.”

– Andrew Porter, The New Yorker

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 AT 7:30PM
All remaining seats for Friday, May 4 are now $25. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! 

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 AT 3:00PM   

Harry Christophers, conductor
Jonathan Lemalu, bass (Hercules)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano (Dejanira)
Amanda Forsythe, soprano (Iole)
Robert Murray, tenor (Hyllus)
William Purefoy, countertenor (Lichas)
Woodrow Bynum, baritone (High Priest)

Handel: Hercules

Listen to the best musical highlights from Hercules.

H+H Artistic Director Harry Christophers discusses the upcoming Handel Hercules program

Handel: Hercules “Where shall I fly”
Harry Christophers, conductor

Handel: Hercules “Crown with festal pomp” (chorus)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski, conductor