Handel’s Theodora

Programme Notes


Sestina & Irish Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Mark Chambers

Clonard Monastery, Belfast | Friday 6th April | 7:30pm
The Glassworks, Derry | Saturday 7th April | 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin | Sunday 8th April | 7:30pm


Faith. Love. Sacrifice.

Handel’s oratorio Theodora is a tale of power. Power that corrupts, power that saves, power that overcomes oppression.

Containing some of the finest music that Handel ever wrote, inculdng his own favourite chorus, Theodora is the story of forbidden love between Christian Queen Theodora and a Roman convert, Didymus. Leading by example, they demonstrate the power of faith to overcome the prejudice and cruelty of the Roman regime. With arias to move the soul and choruses that stir emotions, Theodora’s characters will take you on a journey in faith. Sung from memory and presented in a dramatic concert staging, the young voices of Sestina will be joined by the pre-eminent Irish Baroque Orchestra for their first collaboration.

(Cover Image: IBO Artist, Anita Vedres- violin. Image by Sarah Doyle Photography, 2017)

Proudly supported by:



Mark Chamber (director)    Charlotte Trepess (Theodora)

Mark ChambersDirector
Charlotte TrepessTheodora
Joseph ZubierDidymus
Peter HarrisSeptimus
Aaron O'HareValens
Laura LamphIrene


G.F. Handel : Theodora (HWV 68, 1750)