Saul (HWV 53) is a dramatic oratorio in three acts written by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Charles Jennens. Taken from the First Book of Samuel, the story of Saul focuses on the first king of Israel's relationship with his eventual successor, David; one which turns from admiration to envy and hatred, ultimately leading to the downfall of the eponymous monarch. The work, which Handel composed in 1738, includes the famous "Dead March", a funeral anthem for Saul and his son Jonathan, and some of the composer's most dramatic choral pieces. Saul was first performed at the King's Theatre in London on 16 January 1739. The work was a success at its London premiere and was revived by Handel in subsequent seasons. Notable modern-day performances of Saul include that at Glyndebourne in 2015.

Librettist Charles Jennens
Date of composition 1738 (23 July to 15 August, completed 27 September)
Premiered 1739, January 16th (King's Theatre in the Haymarket) in London, UK
Type Oratorio
Catalogue HWV 53
Spoken language English
Instruments Orchestra
Voice (Bass) - Saul, King of Israel
Voice (Soprano) - Merab
Voice (Soprano) - Michal
Voice (Tenor) - Jonathan
Voice (Contralto) - David
Voice (Bass) - Ghost of Samuel
Voice (Tenor) - High Priest
Voice (Tenor) - Witch of Endor
Voice (Tenor) - Abner
Voice (Tenor) - Amalekite
Voice (Bass) - Doeg
Chorus/Choir - Chorus of Israelites
Autotranslations beta Georg Friedrich Haendel: Saul, HWV 53
Georg Friedrich Händel: Saul, HWV 53
Georg Friedrich Händel: Saul, HWV 53