Handel's Messiah

The New York Philharmonic

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$28-123

Duration

2 hours & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

17

Dec, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

18

Dec, 2019

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

19

Dec, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

20

Dec, 2019

Friday, 2:00 PM

21

Dec, 2019

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing make Handel’s Messiah the Philharmonic’s most beloved holiday tradition. This year Baroque master Harry Bicket leads all forces in the Messiah of Messiahs, the quintessential musical crown of the season.

Presented by Gary W. Parr

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Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Harry Bicket

Conductor

Harry Bicket

Conductor

Harry Bicket

Conductor

Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of Baroque and classical repertoire, and in 2007 became artistic director of The English Concert, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras. He became chief conductor of Santa Fe Opera in 2013, and in 2018 assumed became music director. Productions he has led at Santa Fe in recent seasons have included Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Handel’s Alcina, and Bernstein’s Candide. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University.

His plans for the 2018–19 season include returns to The Metropolitan Opera (for Mozart’s The Magic Flute)Lyric Opera of Chicago (Handel’s Ariodante), The Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Renée Fleming)Prague Philharmonia (Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus), and, while in Chicago, Music of the Baroque. Plans with The English Concert include Mr. Bicket’s own arrangements of Mozart works for mechanical clockwork organ, J.S. Bach Cantatas for Advent, and Wayne Eagling’s Remembrance ballet, set to Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia’s Day, at English National Ballet. The English Concert continues its Handel opera series with performances of Semele in Europe and the US, including at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, London’s Barbican Centre, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Highlights of recent seasons include acclaimed productions in the US and Canada for Lyric Opera of Chicago (Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Rinaldo), Santa Fe Opera (Candide, Alcina, Fidelio), Houston Grand Opera (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Dvořák’s Rusalka), Canadian Opera Company (Rossini’s Maometto II, Handel’s Hercules), and The Metropolitan Opera (The Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s Rodelinda, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Handel’s Giulio Cesare). He also appeared as guest conductor with The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (including at the Cincinnati May Festival), Los Angeles Philharmonic,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also led masterclasses with The Juilliard School. In December 2019 he will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Handel’s Messiah.

 

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Louise Alder

Soprano

Louise Alder

Soprano

Louise Alder

Soprano

British soprano Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School in London as the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. She won the Young Singer Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. 

Ms. Alder is a member of Oper Frankfurt’s Ensemble, where her roles in the 2018–19 season include Romilda in Handel’s Serse, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Monica in a new production of Menotti’s The Medium. She makes debuts at the Madrid’s Teatro Réal, in the title role in as Cavalli’s La Calisto, and the Bavarian Staatsoper as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.

Future seasons include returns to the Glyndebourne Festival; Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Teatro Real, as well as debuts at English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and San Francisco Opera.

Recent engagements include operas by composers ranging from Handel, Mozart, Rossi, Verdi, and Richard Strauss to Britten and Janáček, plus Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at distinguished companies such as Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Garsington Opera, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, and Oper Frankfurt. Her concert appearances this season include the title role in Handel’s Theodora at the BBC Proms (with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen), the title role in Handel’s Semele on tour (Monteverdi Choir / John Eliot Gardiner), Handel’s Messiah (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in performances staged by Frederic Wake-Walker), Orff’s Carmina Burana (London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jérémie Rhorer), Brahms’s A German Requiem (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko), Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie (BBC Symphony Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth), Mozart arias in Salzburg (Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Robin Ticciati), and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / John Wilson).

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Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

After graduating with degrees in archaeology and anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge, Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. An esteemed Handelian, he has astounded audiences globally with his vocal agility in roles such as Orlando, Rinaldo, Ottone / Agrippina and David / Saul. His intelligent and considered interpretations have led to fruitful collaborations with Thomas Adés, George Benjamin, and Nico Muhly. 

Mr. Davies was nominated for an Olivier Award for the role of Farinelli in Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Ryalnce, a Globe Theatre production that had successful runs on the West End and Broadway. He has appeared at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Salzburg Festival, as well as in Munich, Vienna, and Zurich.

The countertenor’s concert engagements have included Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Gustavo Dudamel, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestras with Ton Koopman, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, New York’s Lincoln Center, and, in London, the Barbican as well as the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Concert, Britten Sinfonia, Concerto Köln, Concerto Copenhagen, Ensemble Matheus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

A committed recitalist, his repertoire ranges from Dowland to Eric Clapton. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and enjoys a successful relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall, where he has curated residencies.

Iestyn Davies has won a Grammy Award, three Gramophone Awards for recital recordings, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year, and the 2013 Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer). In 2017 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to music.

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Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Joshua Ellicott’s sweet-toned, flexible, yet powerful lyric tenor voice and versatile musicianship are apparent in the wide range of repertoire in which he excels, from song to opera to concert, and the list of conductors and ensembles with whom he works. In the field of early music he has worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Concentus Musicus Wien), Roger Norrington (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), Harry Bicket (The English Concert), Harry Christophers (The Sixteen, Boston Handel and Haydn Society), Robert King (The King’s Consort), Paul McCreesh (The Gabrieli Consort, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra), Bernard Labadie (OAE), and Emmanuel Haïm (Le Concert d’Astree).

Mr. Ellicott, who also enjoys interpreting later repertoire, has worked with such luminaries as Mark Elder, Daniel Harding ,and Esa Pekka Salonen in works as varied as Wagner’s Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde to Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Berg’s Wozzeck. His performance highlights last season included the UK Premiere of George Walker’s Lilacs with the BBC Philharmonic, Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Evangelist in a staged production of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion at Teatro Arriaga in Spain.

In the 2018–19 season Mr. Ellicott sings Stuart MacRae’s new work, I am Prometheus, and Britten’s Canticle No. 5 at the Lammermuir Festival, Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, and Patrick Hawes’s The Great War Symphony at Classic FM Live. He tours with The King’s Consort for performances of Handel’s Messiah, sings the role of Tempo in Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth in a new production at Royal Danish Opera, and continues to perform his successful and moving 20th- and 21st-century art song and piano repertoire program with pianist Simon Lepper, devised around the World War I letters of Mr. Ellicott’s Great Uncle Jack.

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Dashon Burton

Baritone

Dashon Burton

Baritone

Dashon Burton

Baritone

Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career in opera, recital, and with orchestra. In key elements of his repertoire — J.S. Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions and B-minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’s A German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem — Mr. Burton is a frequent guest with Philharmonia Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Kansas City, as well as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a regular guest with The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, appearing in A German Requiem and the Mozart Requiem, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and recently on tour in Europe and Japan in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In June 2018 he opened the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago’s Millennium Park singing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.

Mr. Burton’s 2018–19 season began with his Salzburg Festival debut in Richard Strauss’s Salome. He sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Arts Centre and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Houston Symphony, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Philharmonia Baroque and Requiem with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. With the contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, of which he is an original member, he appeared in Peter Sellars’s production of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, un ritual de mort in Paris. He gave recitals in Boston and San Francisco. He will sing the role of Zebul in Handel’s Jeptha, the Verdi Requiem, and Musorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and returns to The Cleveland Orchestra for Schubert’s Mass in E-flat major. His opera engagements include the roles of Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Dijon and Paris, and Jupiter in Rameau’s Castor and Pollux with Les Talens Lyriques. 

Dashon Burton received his master’s degree from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music.

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Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Harry Christophers, director

Chorus

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Harry Christophers, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues, in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of artistic director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to thousands of children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States; it is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers — Handel and Haydn — to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of major works including Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its concerts and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings that include the critically-acclaimed release of Haydn’s The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel’s Messiah, recorded live under Christophers’s direction.

 

Since his appointment as artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H), Harry Christophers and H+H have enjoyed an ambitious artistic journey including showcases of works that the organization has premiered in the United States since 1815 as well as broad education programming, community partnerships, concerts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tanglewood, and a series of recordings on the CORO label.

Mr. Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of the British choir and period-instrument ensemble The Sixteen, which he has directed throughout Europe, America, Australia, and Asia, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th- and 21st-century music. In 2000 he instituted The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of British cathedrals from York to Canterbury.

In October 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctor of music Degree from the University of Leicester. He is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and of the Royal Welsh Academy for Music and Drama, and he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honors.

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Harry Christophers, director

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