When Pinchgut approached me about directing Athalia, I had just finished directing Theodorafor them and had the most extraordinary experience. I’m a big Handel fan anyway, but I didn’t know Athalia– I just like the idea of working with choruses. They are so amazing, the Cantillation group, and I guess the reason Pinchgut chose Athaliawas that it was very chorus-focused.

In preparing Athalia, I do listen to recordings but I generally start with the libretto,...

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