Katherine Watson (Theodora), Philippe Jaroussky (Didymus), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Irene), Callum Thorpe (Valens), Kresimir Spicer (Septimius)
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
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Handel’s Theodora, a tale of Christian martyrdom in 4th century Antioch, is a dramatic oratorio rather than an opera, but it achieved a new currency in 1996, when William Christie conducted a staging at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Christie, who lives in France, was the natural choice to conduct Theodora’s first Parisian staging – at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Autumn 2015.