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Handel's Saul at Mica Grange - March Equinox 2017
  • Young David plays his harp for King Saul (Julius Kronberg 1885)
  • Handel's Saul, the story that brings together Islam, Christianity and the Hebrew Bible, will be performed at Mica Grange on Mount Alexander, central Victoria, at 2.30pm on Sunday 19 March 2017, the Equinox weekend.
  • The opera tells the story of the first King of Israel, Saul, and his jealousy of a brave and gifted young man, David, who is much loved by the people.
  • It features some of Handel's greatest choruses, one of his most innovative orchestrations, bringing the characters and mood to life, and the famous 'Dead March'.
    Featuring the Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir, Victorian Chamber Ensemble, bass Jerzy Kozlowski, soprano Brenda McDougall, tenor Michael Petruccelli, counter tenor Christopher Roache, organist Calvin Bowman, conductor Rick Prakhoff.
    Mount Alexander is a sacred site of the Aboriginal Jaara people, who will participate in the performance.
    On the March Equinox, Earth is in balance with the Sun, day and night are of equal length in all parts of the world.
    "It's a moment of energetic unity," said producer/director Michael Smith.
    Saul is the second of Michael's Equinox Unity Operas at Mica Grange, following the Philip Glass Akhnaten last year.
    "The story in and around Saul and David is an important part of the ancient Hebrew texts, the Christian Old Testament and the Quran, a reminder that we're all linked," said Michael.
    "We admire Michelangelo's David and sing the Christmas carol Once in Royal David's City but few realise David is a prophet and messenger in Islam, mentioned some 16 times in the Quran."
    Mica Grange, on the slopes of Mount Alexander, views stretching across the Sutton Grange Valley, is one of Victoria's most picturesque and celebrated gardens, featured in Australian Country magazine and the Royal Horticulture Society of Victoria gazette. It is just over an hour by car north of Melbourne and less than an hour from Melbourne Airport.
  •  Mica Grange, sacred site, Sutton Grange, Mount Alexander, central Victoria.

    Early Bird
    Lawn $35 (sold out), lawn, bring a folding chair or rug.
  • Early Bird Reserved Seat $75 (sold out), table and chairs, table service.
  • First Release Lawn $55 (sold out), lawn, bring a folding chair or rug.
  • First Release Reserved Seat $95, table and chairs, table service.
  • Final Release Lawn $75, lawn, bring a folding chair or rug.
  • Early Bird Family Lawn $80, two adults, two or more children, lawn, bring foldings chairs and/or rug.
  • Under 25 Lawn $25, lawn, bring a folding chair or rug.
  • Hamper Bookings Now Closed - Thank you.
  •  Antipasto Hamper Box $33 (for 2), prosciutto, salami, sopressa, char-grilled vegetables, pate, pickled onion & cornichons, goat’s feta, olives, olive bread and lavosh.
  •  Cheese Hamper Box $30 (for 2), selection of 3 cheeses (cheddar, blue, brie), quince paste, smoked almonds, dried fruit, grapes, fruit bread, water crackers, lavosh.
  • Wine, mineral water and soft drinks available from Mica Grange.
  • Location
  • Mica Grange 

  • 373 Faraday-Sutton Grange Road, Sutton Grange, Victoria 3448

  • Directions here.

  • Contact Details

    Michael Smith 

  • 0402 598 948