Handels Messiah

The New York Philharmonic

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-145

Duration

2 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

11

Dec, 2018

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

12

Dec, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

13

Dec, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

14

Dec, 2018

Friday, 7:30 PM

15

Dec, 2018

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Presented by Gary W. Parr

The Messiah of all Messiahs! The New York Philharmonic’s Messiah is the must-see, must-hear holiday event. Every bar of Handel’s greatest masterpiece — whether upon first encounter or at a yearly ritual — speaks to us with passion, beauty, spirituality, and joy. Dazzling solos, instrumental fireworks, and the most glorious choral writing of all time never fail to thrill.

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Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Jonathan Cohen

Conductor

Jonathan Cohen

Conductor

Jonathan Cohen by Marco Borggreve

Conductor

Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, the British musician is equally at home in Baroque opera and the classical symphonic repertoire. He is artistic director of Arcangelo, associate conductor of Les Arts Florissants, artistic director of the Tetbury Festival, and artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season Mr. Cohen will become music director of Les Violons du Roy, which is currently servies as music director designate.

Mr. Cohen’s 2017–18 season includes returns to Les Violons du Roy, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Glyndebourne Opera for Handel’s Guilio Cesare. He makes debuts with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre philharmonique de Liège. He appears with Arcangelo, the ensemble he founded in 2010 with the goal of performing high-quality and specially-created projects; he has toured with the ensemble to exceptional halls and festivals such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Festival, and Carnegie Hall. In 2016 Mr. Cohen conducted Arcangelo in its BBC Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Other recent highlights include a European tour with Vilde Frang, with concerts at Oslo Opera House and Zürich Tonhalle.

Arcangelo is busy and much in demand in the recording studio, partnering on Hyperion Records with soloists including Anna Prohaska, Christopher Purves, and Iestyn Davies; the collaboration with Mr. Davies includes, Arias for Guadagni, which won the recital category at the 2012 Gramophone Awards, and a recording of Bach cantatas named Best Baroque Vocal Recording in the 2017 Gramophone Awards. Arcangelo’s Mozart disc with Vilde Frang on Warner Classics (2015) reached No. 1 in the U.K. specialist classical chart and received an Echo Klassik Concert Award. Arcangelo’s Scene! with Christiane Karg and Arias for Benucci with Matthew Rose were both nominated for a 2016 International Opera Award. The recording of C.P.E. Bach cello concertos with Nicolas Altstaedt on Hyperion Records won the BBC Music Magazine Awards’ concerto category in 2017. Its most recent recording features music by John Blow.

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Lauren Snouffer

Soprano

Lauren Snouffer

Soprano

Lauren Snouffer

Soprano

Lauren Snouffer is celebrated as one of the most versatile and respected sopranos on the international stage. Highlights of the 2017–18 season include Mozart’s Requiem with The Cleveland Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in concert with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Snouffer joins Lyric Opera of Chicago for a new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, and her reputation as a leading exponent of contemporary music is fortified with performances of Berg’s Lulu at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin for Opera Philadelphia, and world premieres of operas by Ricky Ian Gordon at Houston Grand Opera and by Andrew Norman for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Collaborations of past seasons have included performances with Marin Alsop and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Alan Gilbert and Juilliard’s AXIOM (presented by the New York Philharmonic), Markus Stenz and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra. Her impactful discography includes Hasse’s Siroe and Handel’s Ottone (for Decca), Gottschalk’s Requiem for the Living (Novona Records), Grantham’s La cancíon desesperada (Harmonia Mundi), and Feldman’s Rothko Chapel (ECM). A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Lauren Snouffer was a winner of a 2013 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a Richard F. Gold Career Grant bestowed by Houston Grand Opera, and a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She graduated from Rice University and The Juilliard School.

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Anthony Roth Costanzo

Countertenor

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Countertenor

Anthony Roth Costanzo by Matthu Placek

Countertenor

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. 

This season, Mr. Costanzo makes his company and role debuts in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Houston Grand Opera; his debut at Florida Grand Opera in the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and returns to Opera Philadelphia as The Boy in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. He also appears at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in staged performances of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater.

Anthony Roth Costanzo has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, English National Opera, and the Teatro Real in Madrid. His concert engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In the summer of 2017 Mr. Costanzo became an exclusive recording artist for Decca Gold; his first album on the label — a collection of arias by Handel and Phillip Glass with Les Violons du Roy — is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018.

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Andrew Staples

Tenor

Andrew Staples

Tenor

Andrew Staples

Tenor

Andrew Staples, considered one of the most versatile tenors of his generation, sings regularly with Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In opera he is a regular guest at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where he has sung Jacquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Narraboth in Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Artabenes in Arne’s Artaxerxes. He also appears in Salzburg, Hamburg, Brussels, Prague, and Chicago. Future engagements include the roles of Jonathan in Handel’s Saul at the Theater an der Wien, Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and Tichon in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova for The Royal Opera.

Andrew Staples’s discography includes Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle (on the LSO Live label) and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Harding.

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Neal Davies

Bass-Baritone

Neal Davies

Bass-Baritone

Neal Davies

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has performed in concert with the Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Cleveland, Philharmonia, London Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, collaborating with conductors Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Paul McCreesh, Ivor Bolton, Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Frans Brüggen, and Daniel Harding. He is a regular guest at the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms. Mr. Davies regularly appears with English National Opera and Welsh National Opera, and has performed with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Scottish Opera; Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Opera di Roma; and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He appeared in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas from Aix-en-Provence, available on DVD. His discography includes Handel’s Messiah, Theodora, Saul, and Creation (Gramophone Award 2008) led by Paul McCreesh; Janáček’s Jenůfa and Makropulos Case with Charles Mackerras; Barber’s Vanessa with Leonard Slatkin; Messiah under René Jacobs; the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson; and Britten’s Billy Budd with Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010). In the 2017–18 season Neal Davies returns to English National Opera as Garibaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda; Garsington Opera for a new commission by David Sawer, The Skating Rink; and to Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for Purcell’s King Arthur. He appears in concert with the Hallé Orchestra and Mark Elder, Spanish National Orchestra with David Afkham, and Les Violons du Roy with Jonathan Cohen.

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Westminster Symphonic Choir,
Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Westminster Symphonic Choir,
Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Chorus

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. It has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors for the past 84 years, and the choir has sung more than 500 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.

In addition to the Philharmonic’s performances of Messiah, the ensemble’s 2017–18 season includes Holst’s The Planets with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru; the World Premiere of Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Voices with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Pablo Heras-Casado; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, led by Rossen Milanov; and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, led by Joe Miller.

Recent seasons have included performances of Bernstein’s Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel, and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students for careers in teaching, sacred music, and performance.

 

Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles — the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir — and is director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Miller also serves as artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. His 2017–18 season with the Westminster Choir includes a concert tour of the Midwest, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton, its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, and the release of a new recording. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise. He is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.

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Joe Miller, director

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