MESSIAH

Generous inspiration, melodic breadth, powerful choruses, and a variety of moods are what characterize Messiah, originally composed for Holy Week but since also a Christmas favourite. Handel’s grand oratorio retracing Christ’s passage on Earth did not, however, please London audiences at first, shocked at its having been performed in a theatre. But since the composer often had it performed in support of the Foundling Hospital for abandoned children, the English soon raised it up to its immense and enduring popularity.In co-production with the SMAM

Concert program

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Messiah, HWV 56

Guest Artist(s)

Andrew McAnerney

Andrew McAnerney

Andrew McAnerney was raised in the British choral tradition and studied music at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, consort singer, soloist, and arranger. Since moving to Canada in 2013, Andrew has… See the full biography of Andrew McAnerney
Susan Elizabeth Brown

Susan Elizabeth Brown

Susan Elizabeth Brown has appeared in opera and concert throughout Canada with various ensembles, recently including Primera Sola Niña (Ainadamar, Golijov) and covering Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) with Opéra de Montréal, and Donna Anna (… See the full biography of Susan Elizabeth Brown
Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

From Vancouver, Canada, countertenor Nicholas Burns has been described as possessing a “thrilling voice” and past performances have been described as a “revelation” (Opera Canada, le Devoir). As an artist at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program… See the full biography of Nicholas Burns
Haitham Haidar

Haitham Haidar

Haitham Haidar is a Lebanese-Palestinian Canadian tenor based in Montreal. He is a proud graduate of Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, McGill’s Schulich School of Music, and the University of British Columbia. Praised for his ‘ductile,’ ‘brilliant’… See the full biography of Haitham Haidar
Geoffroy Salvas

Geoffroy Salvas

Baritone Geoffroy Salvas has been recognized as First Prize winner of the Concours International de Chant de Marseille 2017 in the Operetta category, New England Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council 2019, Laureate of the French melody… See the full biography of Geoffroy Salvas
Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) has established a reputation as Canada’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Directed by Andrew McAnerney since 2015, SMAM… See the full biography of Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

Concert

Friday, March 8, 2024 – 19:30
Saturday, March 9, 2024 – 16:00
Sunday, March 10, 2024 – 14:30

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