Today we ran the show for the first time. It is hard to beat a brilliant cast and musical team like we have assembled, but today the work came into its own. It is devestatingly beautiful, more than that it is powerful. The entire cast was in tears after the second act. This a deeply human drama to music that only man facing mortality could write. It is tranfiguring and transformational. It is something not to be missed.
-Timothy Nelson (Artistic Director)

As the second installment in its provocative and gripping Handel series which began with Messiah in 2007, and will culminate in 2010 with Giulio Cesare, American Opera Theater ends this season with the master’s last great work.

Jephtha explores the furthest reaches of human faith in an explosive score widely considered to be the summation of Handel’s life. In his final days, forced to stop several times due to impeding blindness, Handel composed this ultimate testament to the mysterious relationship between God and man. American Opera Theater is proud to collaborate with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, its own nationally acclaimed baroque orchestra Ignoti Dei, and a dynamic international cast of soloists in this most powerful and human of Handel’s compositions.

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In Other News:
OT’s annual event, Wine and Music at THE ELM, has been postponed from its April 18th date until the Summer, to celebrate AOT’s participation in Artscape. In the meantime, the exciting and exotic online silent auction (including everything from AOT and opera paraphanalia to vacations, safaris, and luxury items) has been extended through the end of this month. You can view and bid on the variety of objects, still at unbelievable discounts at: