"As with rosy steps" from Theodora

Georg Friedrich Händel
Duration: 7'

"As with rosy steps the morn" is an aria from George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Theodora." First performed in 1750 at the Covent Garden Theatre in London, "Theodora" is one of Handel's late works and is considered one of his finest religious operas, though it was not particularly successful during the composer's lifetime. The plot is based on the martyrdom of the Christian saint Theodora and her companion Didymus under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

The aria "As with rosy steps the morn" is sung by the character Irene, Theodora's friend, in the second act. Irene contemplates the power of faith and the strength it gives to believers in times of persecution. The aria reflects the calm and confidence that faith can provide amidst turmoil. The lyrics draw a picture of hope, likened to the arrival of a new morning bathed in rosy light.

Musically, the aria is characterized by its soothing melody and flowing vocal style, which underscore the message of peace and steadfast confidence. Handel's composition uses the musical texture to highlight the depth of faith and inner strength of the character Irene. "As with rosy steps the morn" stands as one of the most emotionally moving moments in "Theodora" and exemplifies Handel's mastery in conveying deep human emotions through music.