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Elijah is a popular oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)[1]

The original text

The oratorio depicts events in the life of the Prophet Elijah as told in the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament. It premiered in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1878: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 14 August by a professional singers, in association with the amateur performers of the Cape Town Choral Society, accompanied by the orchestra of the 88th Connaught Rangers under the baton of Signor Nulli.

1920: Performed at the Johannesburg City Hall in 1921, featuring inter alia singer and actress Anne Immink.




F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.371.

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