Lidarti’s “Esther” at Temple Beth Elohim

Top Pick March 3, 2019 Wellesley $10.00 - $35.00
“Interior of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam” by Emanuel de Witte
“Interior of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam” by Emanuel de Witte

Commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam and composed in 1774, Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti’s oratorio tells the biblical story of how Queen Esther rescued the Jews of Persia from King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) and his scheming advisor, Haman.

Scored for orchestra, soloists and chamber choir, and sung entirely in Hebrew, Lidarti’s captivating writing brings the story of Esther alive. Lovers of baroque music may recognize the libretto from Handel’s 1718 Esther; the text for Lidarti’s oratorio is a direct translation into Hebrew completed by one of Lidarti’s contemporaries, Venetian Rabbi Jacob Raphael ben Simhah Judah Saraval.

Lidarti’s “Esther” was rediscovered by the musicologist Israel Adler in 1999 in the Ets Haim library of Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue and has only been performed a handful of times worldwide. MIRYAM will present the Boston and East Coast premiere. Critically acclaimed harpsichordist and conductor Dylan Sauerwald will direct an ensemble of five soloists, nine choristers and 16 instrumentalists.

Esther: Alicia DePaolo
Israelite Lady: Elise Groves
Mordecai: Corey Hart
Haman: Jacob Cooper
King Ahasuerus: Elijah Hopkin

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Fact Sheet
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temple Beth Elohim
10 Bethel Rd
Wellesley, MA 02481
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$35.00 General admission at the door
$25.00 General admission online
$15.00 Senior/student/low income at the door
$10.00 Senior/student/low income online

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